Managing our children’s mental health – the parents’ perspective

It’s Children’s Mental Health Week, so in my view, a good time to talk about how parenting is going! I will be hosting a relaxed Zoom session on Friday 5th February at 19:00 (UK TIME). I’m looking forward to some stimulating and supportive conversation between friends about how it’s all going. If you’d like to … Continue reading Managing our children’s mental health – the parents’ perspective

Less (time) #homeschool, is definitely more calm

From the year that keeps giving, thought I’d share an adapted excerpt from my current book S.E.N.D. in the Clowns. It’s in the section about homework, but as most of school work has migrated back to home, here we go…I haven’t made this guide age appropriate, as the rule is that at home, normal school … Continue reading Less (time) #homeschool, is definitely more calm

Autism & Sleep

We’ve all heard about sleep hygiene right? You know – good routine before bed, hot drink, bath, regular bed time, reduce or eliminate screen time for an hour (at least) before attempting to go to sleep. Let’s call that level one. Level two or a combination of both, is trying out various calming or sleeping … Continue reading Autism & Sleep

Change from the inside outside

Reading a short clip from my book, S.E.N.D. in the Clowns. “We don’t want our children and young people who fall out of the education system to become voiceless. We know their issues will invariably become everyone’s issue. But how do we diversify the talent pool of clinicians, therapists, teachers, psychologists, if children from particular … Continue reading Change from the inside outside

TV programmes about autistic/ADHD children

Hmm. Sometimes referred to as ‘shock docs’. Documentaries designed to shock. Extended clips of children throwing a spectacular tantrum and parents looking on wearily and tearfully. I have worked with TV production companies in the past, and understand they need tension, drama and high emotion, even when making investigative programmes. But the pragmatist in me, … Continue reading TV programmes about autistic/ADHD children