SEND Round-up: Diagnosis, A-Zs and letters

special needs blog posts sliderHopefully you’ve all been enjoying a nice sunny half-term; it feels like Spring is on its way and yet I’m sure I’ll be saying next month that it’s freezing cold again!

February’s round-up is a mixed bag. I’m going to start with a post which was extremely eloquently written (as always) by Downs Side Up: Ultimate Choice or Infanticide: The Human Reaction. It’s an important one; it doesn’t make for happy reading but it should be spread far and wide so people can really think about this issue. 

Debs at Chaos in Kent talks about being prepared to enter SPACE and getting your POT ready in her helpful post The Days after the Diagnosis. So true; I can remember that time clearly myself even though it was six years ago for us. I’d like every newly diagnosed mum to read this. Jane from Our Little Escapades came to a diagnosis anniversary;  Autism Diagnosis Three Years on – what have we learnt?

Mandy at Raising The Rainbows has started a new series called the A-Z of Autism. Next to go is week 4/ letter D so do pop along and give her any of your suggestions! Rainbows are too beautiful has written a brilliant post (David’s iPad, an alternative to parenting?) in which she describes how useful this new technology can be. I do wish others weren’t so quick to judge us all, especially on this topic – are iPads and tablets the way of the future, autism or no autism? Is everyone just resistant to the change? Let her know what your thoughts on this are. Inside the Rainbow blog describes what it is like to be an adult with autism who has to return to the school playground every day, in Misfits and Meetings and Sons, Sand and Sauvignon wrote a heartfelt letter of appreciation – Dear Little Boy on the School Run.

A new, comprehensive blog has been launched this month over at PDA Guidance. This site has so much information about Pathological Demand Avoidance and different situations which may be experienced, from school to home educating. I’ll wrap up this month with one of those posts that is so good it went viral (why can’t I write like that?!) – Someone’s Mum wrote An apology to my autistic students and asks for more training on autism in schools. The National Autistic Society are behind a campaign to make this happen and you can sign up now over on the NAS website.

Please do add any posts you write this month to the linky below if you’d like them included in next month’s round-up.


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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.

1 Comment

  1. 21 February 2016 / 20:27

    Thank you so much Steph for including our post in your round-up. Difficult reading and writing indeed, but glad it’s off my chest.