Part of the success if Jane’s birthday parties is that we plan to have her brothers there. Just because they are #autistic doesnt mean they can come or join in. But it can take a but of planning. We had a great party with @giraffebouncy - read more about how and why it was awesome for our #autismfamily and guests on our blog.
Making burrowing bunny cakes may seem like just a bit of fun (and it really is) but it’s also great for exercising your visual spatial and motor skills. Pretty handy for developing kids including ones like ours with #autism and #dyspraxia.
Some places are set up with autism in mind. Our local play gym for example has signs that help people understand the actions of others. But most places, let’s face it aren’t. Autism friendly needs to be more than just an autism hour or an autism cinema screening. The good news though is these things start awareness so hopefully things overall will improve.
Classic technique to avoid a snowball in the face - Jane turns away and looks over her shoulder, but she’s no need to worry. Anthony and Jane are playing with WARM snowballs that we made thanks to @zimplikids. No gloves required. No cold hands or cold splats. Perfect for my #sensorykids #spectrum_inspired. See our blog for how we made our warm snowballs 😊
To everyone else this is a lad on a spinner. To me it’s a huge deal. David likes routines but today was the first time he went round and round on the spinner he’s on instead of the one with the green top you can see just in the background. He also allowed us to put him in a new jacket. Obviously he was feeling super adventurous today! David can spin really fast and easily for 20 minutes without stopping. One mother and little girl went on the green topped spinner for about a minute before the little girl got off dizzy. The mother looked at my boy like he was a freak and like me like I was a terrible mother simply standing and not interacting with my squealing son. Then a little boy went on the other spinner for a minute. He went round for a bit then jumped off and watched David who resembles an ice-skater in full spin. “He’s amazing - I wish I could do that.” he said. And that’s why I have more faith in kids and future generations than many adults I know today . Love you David. #autismawareness #autismfamily #spectrum_inspired
Today Jane spent a good deal of time with this craft ‘breathing fire’ like a #chinesenewyear dragon. Her eldest brother and Dad were out today so it was just me and David to play with. David doesn’t often ‘play’ with much. He’s currently playing with two iPads. He’s learned some play routines but doesn’t really have an imaginative play. It’s very common for kids like David who are autistic. But while Jane ran around being a dragon, David noticed and it turned into a game a dragon chase. David didn’t quite understand Jane’s tag via fire breath but he and his sister played. And that’s a pretty good start for another New Year 😊😍 🐉 🔥 🎉
Headed into London today. David loves the train but he’s not great with transitioning (going from doing one thing or being in one place to another). This meant that 8 minutes before we had to leave the house in order to get the train David was stood naked by the front door crying his eyes out. He happened to come to terms with what was happening just in time, but it was a close call. Sometimes folks have no idea what it takes for us to go places. And why each time we do is a victory.