• Review

    Birds Eye #Afterschoolchefs Challenge

    With Little E’s arrival and the fact that her regular crying time is when I should be cooking the dinner, teatime has become quite a challenge.  It has been a nightmare trying to prepare meals that are healthy, include veg and something that Ethan will eat. With Little E’s demands the slow cooker meals have been a no go so at the weekends I have been batch cooking and freezing meals. This means lots of meal planning and quite a lot of time in the kitchen but it has meant in the week the dinners don’t take lots of thought or time to prepare. The downside being we are living…

  • Ethan

    Gaining Our Attention – Small Steps Amazing Achievements

    The other week Ethan’s Family Support Key Worker visited him at his nursery as she hasn’t seen him for awhile so we could settle in with life as a family of four. She called me directly after the visit to tell me how he had come on since she last saw him and how proud she was. This was fantastic news to us as Little E’s arrival had made Ethan go quiet and we were worried about regression. Over the past week or so I have noticed Ethan’s progress every now and then and I’m sure he is doing things to get my attention as Little E can be quite…

  • Ethan

    Speech Therapy An Update

    I haven’t blogged about speech therapy for quite a while but to be honest that is because we haven’t had many, if any, appointments. Ethan’s speech therapist came back from her maternity leave and we got to see her a few times to prepare for Ethan’s statement reports. She then left her position at the hospital and they have only been able to fill that again this year. In the time we have been waiting we did see a temporary speech therapist for one appointment in November. This was because the department couldn’t find the report that Ethan’s original speech therapist had prepared for Ethan’s statement review. Thankfully she provided…

  • Autism

    The Special Needs Dentist

    Ethan’s teeth are a major worry for me. After finally letting us put a toothbrush up to his mouth with some toothpaste on it last April this is where our progress has halted. His sensory issues with his mouth isn’t letting us clean his teeth correctly and my biggest fear is that we are going to have a child that needs to be sedated and have teeth removed because of this.  With this in mind we have been having family appointments at our dentist in the hope that Ethan will get used to the situation. His fear of everything medical and not letting anyone near his mouth means that these…

  • Ethan

    PECS Update – I Want

    Ethan started to learn how to use PECS after his diagnosis last year. He took to it very quickly and I spent ages taking photos of all of his toys and making the cards so that he could request the items he wanted.   Then one day he just decided he didn’t want to use them anymore and would scream at me if I showed him his folder. We had no choice but to forget about it for a while. This isn’t what we want as through PECS Ethan should be able to communicate his wants and needs to other people. So in preparation for Ethan starting school our family…

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