It’s been a while…

It’s been a little while since the last post and a lot has happened in the meantime. I became quite poorly with an autoimmune condition and had to stop work and studying for a while. We moved house to be closer to friends and family and the boys have started at a new school. So… Continue reading It’s been a while…

What is a SENCo?

If you have a child with SEN (Special Educational Needs), you have probably been told at some point to speak to the SENCo at your school. Who are they and what do they actually do? SENCo stands for 'Special Educational Needs Coordinator'. All mainstream schools have to appoint a SENCo and they make sure that… Continue reading What is a SENCo?

Sometimes parenting a child with autism is really hard…

It means you can't leave the house because your child doesn't want to have a change in their routine. It means meltdowns when you try to put them in a short sleeved t-shirt rather than a long-sleeved one. It means taking packed lunches everywhere you go as their diet is so restricted. It means telling… Continue reading Sometimes parenting a child with autism is really hard…

An Introduction To Sensory Processing Difficulties

Many children with autism struggle with sensory processing. As shown in a previous article, sensory issues are now part of the diagnostic criteria. Our senses affect how we respond to the world around us. Many children are either over-sensitive (hyper) or under-sensitive (hypo) and it can be tricky for them to cope with their reactions… Continue reading An Introduction To Sensory Processing Difficulties

Why Is It Called ‘Platypus & Batty’?

Well, as most parents and carers of children with autism know, our children can very attached to their favourite objects, toys or peculiar items. They also tend to have obsessions which may vary over the years or just mature as the child grows up: one of my friends was an avid Thomas The Tank Engine… Continue reading Why Is It Called ‘Platypus & Batty’?

A Little Bit About Me

So, about me. I had a year’s placement as a volunteer student helper at a primary school while I was completing my A-levels. The placement was in a special needs unit attached to the school. I loved it. The children were amazing and it was a real eye opener for me. I had no idea… Continue reading A Little Bit About Me

A Little Bit About My Boys

I am the mother of two amazing boys. One has ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and the other has “autistic and attention-deficit traits”....which basically means that he has some aspects of ASD and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) but not enough to get a full diagnosis. The boys have deigned to give me permission to talk… Continue reading A Little Bit About My Boys