Autism – the myths & facts

It is important to remember the autistic spectrum is just that – a spectrum. People with autism are all different and have varying challenges and strengths. Advice can be conflicting and it can be hard to know what to believe.  Here we look at some common misconceptions. Autism is a ‘trendy’ condition that everyone seems to be keen to diagnose. There...

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Post autism diagnosis support

Autism is a lifelong disorder that has a great impact on the child or young person and their family or carers. There may be a sense of relief that others agree with their observations and concerns about their child. Diagnosis and the assessment of needs can offer an understanding of why a child or young person is different from their peers and can...

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Tips to help Your Children Back to School

The return to school on Monday 8th March will be quite daunting for many young people. After weeks away from their regular place of learning they will naturally wonder what school will be like when they step through the gates. Some children cannot wait to return while others may feel nervous. As a parent you will be aware of most of the concerns...

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Mother’s Day – the what and why

Mother’s Day – the what and when Spring is here, and so Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday has got to be close. Each year it is a different date, depending on where in the calendar Easter falls.  Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent, which in 2021 is 14th March. So, if the date of Mothering Sunday is dependent on Lent and Easter,...

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Back to school post lockdown

Back to school following lockdown Have you seen the meme featuring Hugh Grant as the prime minister in Love Actually representing parents across the country at 9.05am on 8th March?  Hilarious and in many cases true! But what are the plans, and what do we really need to know about our children returning to school?  We have asked consultant Sarah...

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Reading with children

Reading with your child It’s never too early for children to start reading; the right book can live long in the memory and help get them hooked from an extremely early age. Reading is essential for babies’ development. Experts claim that babies respond to familiar faces, voices and being held close straight from birth so even newborns will love...

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Preventing loneliness at Christmas

Preventing loneliness this christmas This year, more than ever loneliness is going to be felt by the our elderly loved ones.  Covid restrictions mean many will be facing time alone, or at least may be in a smaller group than they’d like. Guest blogger Ella Hendrix has some advice for us all on preventing loneliness this Christmas. Most years,...

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A dad’s experience of lockdown

A dad’s experience of lockdown Statistically, mothers have been more affected by children not being in school, lack of childcare and generally ‘keeping house’ during lockdown. How did the dads cope?  We haven’t heard much in the press, so we thought we’d ask a few.  Here is first of two articles by Joe Young (aka www.dadonspl.co.uk). ...

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Employees at breaking point?

Employees at breaking point? There are plenty of articles in the media talking about women bearing the brunt of childcare and home schooling while juggling working from home.  Some have taken precious holiday to cope, many will be taking unpaid leave, but how long can they afford to do that for? Some have had to give up work or be furloughed without...

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‘Quaranteed’ – teens and tweens in lockdown

Quaranteened! Our personal experience Since lockdown started in earnest there have been a wealth of resources circulating on social media for parents of younger children, from painting rainbows and baking cakes to the highly popular PE with Joe Wicks. However, there are far fewer tips in circulation when it comes to helping teenagers (and even...

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