Oat and raisin cookies (vegan friendly)

  When Emmeline mentions baking, my immediate reaction is GOD, NO, THE MESS! But yesterday, I kind of just went along with it. I found a recipe and modified it a little because as usual, …

When you’re not enough

  It’s a weird feeling, driving Jude back to his school house every Sunday evening. Throughout the journey, I analyse how the weekend has gone and inevitably shine a light on all the areas where …

Why I love my home city

There’s a programme on tv at the moment about historical towns and cities around the country and I find it really interesting. We are blessed with so many fantastic places to live in the UK …

How to lessen your plastic waste

Oh help! Oh no! It’ a gruffaloooooo (wrapped in plastic :-/)   Plastic is everywhere. I think I must have been a bit blind in the past but over the last few months, I’ve really …

How to help a child through a meltdown

  Now, I have plenty of experience in this arena. Meltdowns would definitely be my specialist subject in a Mastermind quiz as I think I’ve pretty much seen it all with Jude. Well, maybe not …

Social Worker

You’ll probably remember from the last couple of years my battles with the council and professionals involved in special needs care. It wasn’t pretty and it certainly wasn’t fun. I had moments during that time …

Myths about autism

  Like many conditions, people with autism are often lumped together as sharing all the same traits and characteristics. We would never do this for any other assemblage of society so why is it deemed …

Top books loved by a Jude

Jude, I guess like most children, knows what he does and doesn’t like when it comes to story time. And being my first child, I was one of those amazingly enthusiastic reading mums. Every evening, …

The importance of sensory play

Jude’s birthday party on Saturday was lovely. It was tiny, just a few friends and family but perfect for the birthday boy himself. He did a lot better than I thought he would, engaging with …