SEND: Autism Awareness Month, BAPS Awards & SATs

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It is finally beginning to feel like spring is here.  In fact it’s virtually verging on summer. Lately I’ve been feeling a bit blue and like many SEND parents and bloggers have been struggling with getting support for my kids.  Struggling with the stress of it all. It nearly always feels like there is a mountain to climb. So this round-up, I’ve instead looked for things to celebrate and be proud of in our SEND blogging world and I’ve found a eclectic mix. 

Faithmummy is surprised by what her ten year has shown her about autism.  If you missed her daughter, Naomi’s, photos for Autism Awareness Month then you should check them out.  They are so revealing.  Steph’s Two Girls has also got news from her daughter when she focuses on the positives of PDA.  

First Time Valley Mam has plenty to celebrate. Her Z has made a friend and that’s an absolute delight to hear. Ms Parent Advocate managed to spend a night out with friends to go and see their favourite band.  It’s been years since I went to live music and I’m a little jealous! 

Sensational Learning with Penguin enjoyed the fun of World Penguin Day over the last month with some fun activities. Downright Joy is celebrating a massive day, birthday and/or 10 year anniversary. It’s a brilliant story and you should read it here. Happy belated Birthday Allison.  Perhaps someone who might understand is The Long Chain.  Not because it’s her birthday but because she knows that things can be positive in the end. 

Additional celebrations, more congratulations go to Chris Bonnello, from Autistic Not Weird, this month as his book Underdogs has been published.  And of course to all those nominated, the finalists and winners of the BAPS Awards.

I’m finishing off this month with a post of my own. Although it’s actually a letter my autistic and ADHD son got sent from his school as he begins his SATS. Anthony won’t be in a mainstream secondary school, but I’ve been very grateful for the support his mainstream primary school have given him. This note was sent out to all the children in Year 6 and shows us just how much the school celebrates each individual child for their whole self, not their test results.  Something to be proud of I’m sure. 

See you again next month. Contact me if you’ve any suggestions for inclusion. xx



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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.