SEND: Advent & Christmas countdown

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Season’s Greetings to all SEND parents and bloggers out there!  It’s no surprise that many of us have been using the time to Advent calendars to raise awareness for our causes.  We’ve also been helping each other out be sharing ideas as we all prepare for the festive period. 

As Something About Sam says, there is no need to be afraid at Christmas time. But there is a need to be prepared.  Their family is busy doing this and shares how on their post.  There is no need to be afraid but there is a need to be prepared!

It’s a Tink thing is straight in there with her top tips for surviving Christmas in an autism household. Stephs Two Girls tells us how to help a child with PDA at Christmas.  Positive Special Needs Parenting also gives ideas on their life hacks for special needs parents. Faith Mummy talks about how it can be tough when Christmas doesn’t mean anything to your child. 

First Time Valley Mam had a great time at a local Winter Wonderland. The special SEN sessions at the ice rink has made a big difference.   Revelations of a Slummy Mummy shares how getting away for their break at Christmas is becoming more challenging.  She struggles with the reality wanting include everyone as part of the family when her child’s needs mean he’s defaultedly excluded from most activities.  I’m reminded of my own son’s difficulty with inclusion at this time of year

Although we were able to share how we got an Elf on the Shelf that worked for our autistic kidsLife of an Ambitious Turtle help out with toddler friendly ideas for the Elf which means they are out of arms reach. Meanwhile Alfie Elf on Wheels hasn’t been doing to well this year. His advent counts down his various experiences as he tries to ‘go’ around the area in which Ordinary Hopes abides.   

And so to advent calendars.

Sensational Learning with Penguin shares 24 activities to enjoy with your child on her post.  Her facebook page is also running and advent of abilities which is lovely. The Inclusive Home is running a sensory advent on instagram along with one on outdoors activities.  Spectrum Girls is also on facebook with their 24 days of autism positives. And Isla’s voice is sharing an advent of aware bears that is very cute there too. 

Whatever the festive season brings you, I wish you hope, love, peace and calm.  Please do drop a link in the comments below or contact me with your New Year posts. 

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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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