Thoughts on the Blog

Managing Meltdowns (and shutdowns)

Before my son was diagnosed with ASD & ADHD, the meltdowns at school were pretty intense. He was always remorseful afterwards and wrote endless ‘sorry’ notes to various teachers and peer provocateurs, but still, of course, the meltdowns continued. One class teacher said in a meeting: ‘but they come out of nowhere and ‘poof’ he … Continue reading Managing Meltdowns (and shutdowns)

Suzy on The Different Angelz Show (New Style Radio).

Different Angelz is an innovative programme, devised by Charmaine Burton, a radio presenter who is passionate about politics and political issues as they impact the black community in the UK. The radio station is based in Birmingham, the UK’s ‘second city.’ Whatever your views, it’s a fascinating listen, and so important to have these conversations … Continue reading Suzy on The Different Angelz Show (New Style Radio).

S.E.N.D.in the Clowns Book Review

It’s always nerve-racking to get your first few reviews, I’m so happy to share this one with you 🙂 “I’m a Speech and Language Therapist working with families and in schools and found this book not only a joy to read, with it’s conversational style and bullet points for key areas, but so full of … Continue reading S.E.N.D.in the Clowns Book Review

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

it’s OUT – S.E.N.D. in the Clowns is published

My second book is published! When you look at photos of authors beaming with their books, you don’t always see the insecurities, late nights, hundreds of proof amends, hours of research and the many negotiations with illustrators, editors, designers. I’m sure you can’t see that in my picture 🙂 What I hope you do see … Continue reading it’s OUT – S.E.N.D. in the Clowns is published