SEND Round-up: Black, white & greys

Welcome to the March SEND Round-up.  I’d say welcome to Spring, but it doesn’t appear to be here yet. My kids love it, but I’m getting some questions and some arguments about whether it’s officially ‘spring’ or not. Do we go by the date or the weather?  Sometimes the answer isn’t black and white and that often causes us difficulties.  In the world of SEND we can be sure of some things and unsure of others.

The World of Gorgeous Grace finds themselves at a crossroads as parent carer.   The role of parent-carer is complicated.  Faith Mummy steps out of her comfort zone and shares three lessons an autism mum leant from meeting an adult autistic advocate.  Chris Bonnello has also been featured over on A Blog About Raising My Autistic Son.  

Even more is covered a featured post from an adult with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) as part of Stephs Two Girls PDA stories. Life and ASC is being even more practical by pushing forward in a Change For Neurodiversity at work too. 

Although A Curious Journey is concerned about when autistic obsessions can lead to dangerous situations, To Aufinity and Beyond says it’s still important for kids to be bold and question everything.   Our Altered Life is at hand at least with her seven ways to explain facial disfigurement.   And if you’ve never heard of a Vagus Nerve Stimulator then listen to Little Mama Murphy about it and how it’s helping Hugh with his seizures.

As a group we tend to deal more with square peg, round hole situations.  As First Time Valley Mam says, days don’t always go according to plan. But we keep going.  Starlight and Stories provides some helpful ideas on how parents can help once a meltdown has started.  Even ‘classic cases’ in SEND can seem a bit of grey area as School Run Shop discusses the autistic kids ‘somewhere in the middle’ of the spectrum. 

We’ve certainly had very little black and white in our SEND lives at the moment, even when that’s exactly what our kids often need.  But as I’m typing I’m watching the white blanket of snow forming on the grey pavement outside.  Sometimes things are so clear for a while before becoming confusing again.  Here’s wishing you get lots of straight forwardness over the next month.  Hopefully it will look like spring then and I’ll be back with more of your posts. Do drop them in the comments below. 

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About Ann .

“Rainbows are too beautiful,” said Anthony. “I just can’t look at them.” Ann says her son’s statement characterizes so much about how her autistic and neurotypical family interacts and interprets the world in their own wonderful way.

Originally a PR and marketing professional for the third sector, Ann now does some lecturing in this topic but spends most of her time being a full time mum and sharing her experiences through her award nominated blog. Ann’s three kids attend different schools and have multiple diagnoses including Autism, ADHD, anxiety and more. Ann is a Trustee on a local disabled children’s charity and speaks at SEND conferences and consultations.

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