SEND Round-up: Down Syndrome, autism, access & more

Welcome to April’s SEND round-up – and at the risk of sounding like a weather girl, isn’t it glorious out there?! The weather has been kind to us so far this Spring; let’s keep our fingers crossed for a long warm summer ahead. Most situations seem better with a bit of sun involved, don’t you think? 

There has been such a lot going on over the past month that I’m only going to be able to give small highlights here – but within some of these posts are many more thoughts on each event so this should definitely keep you busy at bedtime, for at least a week!

Disabled Access Day fell in March and Laura from Brody, Me and GDD wrote about Raising Awareness of Changing Places toilets while Vaila from Inclusive Home ran her great monthly #AccessLinky which showcased many more blogposts around this important issue. 

March 21st was World Down Syndrome Day 2017 and Hayley from Downs Side Up hosted a linky called ‘Let’s Celebrate‘ which saw many bloggers share their stories. Alison from Downright Joy discusses the happenings around new baby announcements in Questions, Questions, while Kirsty from It’s all about Evie showed us a beautiful film about her beautiful daughter in I Am. Nancy from The Diary of a Not So Ordinary Boy handed her blog over to her son for ‘In my own words‘ and Down In Front Please tells how we all need to spread understanding in ‘I cannot do this alone‘.

Then April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day, the beginning of a whole month of posts about autism, and James from Stories About Autism kicked his off with a poem called Just Different, Not Less written by Kelly from It’s a Tink Thing. Diary of an Imperfect Mum challenges us all to find the positives and to improve acceptance, not just raise awareness in her Autism Awareness Month Challenge. A blog about raising my autistic son asks ‘Do words matter?‘ while Danielle from Someone’s Mum gave us ‘tips for explaining autism to younger neurotypical children‘. The monthly Spectrum and SEND linky was held over at Rainbows are too beautiful, with many autism posts linked up in honour of #WAAD2017.

Of course there are difficult times when it comes to caring for those with additional needs. Ordinary Hopes lays out clearly the challenges of her caring role in Family Carers while Miriam from Faithmummy explains What it is like to parent a child who can never be left alone. Victoria at Mummy Times Two shared an emotional time with us in The Moment I Knew my Daughter has Autism, while Rainbows are Too Beautiful explains her mixed feelings in ‘When your three year old daughter plays the mother‘. Alex from The Long Chain wrote a post ‘for those who make our lives more difficult, and those who make them better’ which I’m sure many of us can relate to in differing ways.

Leaving you this month with the news that Steph from Was This In The Plan now has a release date for her book, 12th September, but you can pre-order via the link in her blog – go now! Please do remember to link up your posts over the coming month below.

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About Steph Curtis

Steph Curtis is mum to two girls and blogs at Steph’s Two Girls. She started blogging over six years ago after her youngest daughter Sasha was given a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (also called ASD or Autism). A buyer of toys and stationery in her pre-children life, Steph has now become a Trainer to help all parents of children with disabilities find support and information. Although ASD was the original diagnosis for Sasha, it is believed that she actually has a specific type of autism known as Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). Steph is keen to raise awareness of this condition and runs courses for parents to help with strategies for everyday life. Steph is on Twitter as @stephc007 and is a huge Facebook and Instagram fan.

One Response to SEND Round-up: Down Syndrome, autism, access & more

  1. Hayley - Downs Side Up 16 April 2017 at 17:11 #

    Thank you so much for featuring a selection of World Down Syndrome Day blogs.

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