S.E.N.D in the Clowns – what sparked my passion?

Do you know any children or young people with autism/ADHD who have been excluded from school? If you are their parent, I feel your pain, as I was that mum. I feel as strongly about excluding children from school, as I much as I believe in well-behaved children. These two are not at opposite ends … Continue reading S.E.N.D in the Clowns – what sparked my passion?

Building self-esteem in young people

I’m looking forward to this week, even though it’s crazy busy and I have twenty tabs open on my screen and I can’t remember what I was going to do next, I am grateful be to working in an area that is making a difference. It’s a joy to see families and parents opening up … Continue reading Building self-esteem in young people

A dedication to my mother

My mother isn’t alive to know that her child is on the verge of publishing her second book. But I know that she knows. Another rainy Saturday afternoon and I’m spending half of it with my head bent over the laptop. But the end of book two is in sight and I hope that the … Continue reading A dedication to my mother

My book journey…S.E.N.D. in the Clowns

It’s been long, it’s been round the houses but at last it’s here! 2020 is the year I will birth an idea I had many years ago but wasn’t in a position to pursue.  S.E.N.D. in the Clowns is the name of this idea, which presents as a book but it is much more than … Continue reading My book journey…S.E.N.D. in the Clowns

S.E.N.D. in the Clowns

I haven’t written my 2020 goals yet, I do it every year as it helps my ‘butterfly brain’ to focus and yes they will be smart goals, just as I remind people to do in the #happyinschool sessions. The start of a new year/decade encourages you to look forward, but don’t forget how much you’ve … Continue reading S.E.N.D. in the Clowns

Willard Wigan – The King of Tiny Art

I met Willard Wigan at the Autism Show earlier this year. I had heard him speak before on TedX and also saw his incredible show at Ripley’s Believe it or Not (that was a unique place, so sad it’s closed), but hearing him speak to autistic and non-autistic people about his experiences growing up in … Continue reading Willard Wigan – The King of Tiny Art

Supporting ADHD & resilience

It’s well-evidenced that the parts of the brain responsible for organisation and forward planning, are impaired in children and young people with ADHD. This is in addition to possible emotional regulation issues, anxiety, impulsivity, learning disability or even autistic traits. (It is common for ADHD to co-exist with autism). If the anxiety wasn’t there at … Continue reading Supporting ADHD & resilience