It’s that time of year again when Christmas shopping dominates many conversations and we start to search our brains for ideas of what to get Jude. Jude isn’t your typical child who loves to receive toys and the the latest fad gadget. He doesn’t play with things “properly”, doesn’t really understand most activities aimed at […]

So how many people does it take to maintain a Jude?    This evening I was thinking of all the people we have in Jude’s “team” right now and I took a moment of pride in realising that everyone involved in Jude’s life is totally awesome. I felt awful driving Jude back to school last […]

  This is a collaborative post 🙂    There are few things in this world more wonderful than being a parent. It’s the kind of thing that brings new meaning into your life in a way that you might never have even expected. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s all sunshine and rainbows. The […]

Taking on a new role

Elsa and Jude almost three years ago in their favourite cafe     Jude is having a fantastic week, he’s settled and calm and one of his beloved Support Workers has today returned from a holiday. I called him this evening and we chatted for a world record breaking twelve minutes! I then chatted to […]

  I went along to a GP appointment with Jude yesterday late afternoon and felt completely undermined. It’s the GP surgery used by Jude’s school for all of their pupils so a first time for me attending their clinic. I feel ashamed to say that all my usual steely strength disappeared from the shock of […]

*This article is a collaborative post When the word poverty is mentioned, the immediate thought heads straight to poorer countries like Africa who can’t afford clean water, education and food. While these facts are sadly true and devastating, did you know that in the UK, as many as three children in a class of thirty […]

So Elsa and I went to see Jude yesterday and to take him out for lunch. It went amazingly well, no issues with him leaving the house, no real anxiety and a fun time had by all. A few hours later, I returned a very happy boy back to his beloved house with his lovely […]

Water!

I’ve mentioned it before but Jude has always loved and always been drawn to water.   I don’t know exactly what it is, perhaps it’s the blurry sounds or the light reflecting movement or how it feels against your body but being around water is Jude’s happy place. At school as a littley they used […]