SEND Round-up: New Year Challenges & hopes

It’s cold and windy – brrrr, and welcome to the Britmums SEND Round-up. For some of us, Christmas seems a distant memory.  But for many families with children with special educational needs and disabilities it was a challenging time.
Christmas crackered‘ is how Joseph’s and his Amazing Spectrum Coat refers to it.  After another year and a new plan – things still don’t always go how we expect. First Time Valley Mum tells us how far Z has come in a year since the last Christmas Eve. Soft Thistle Life agrees and says how it can be a time to teach our kids new things.  

Don’t be Sorry and My Asparagus Girl both tell how it’s a wonderful time of the year, even though it’s different.  That’s something to be grateful for.  Mummy Tries on the other hand is still feeling the Christmas comedown well into the New Year.  The impacts of change on some children can last and it can take a while for us to recover. 

The Inclusive Home comes into 2018 with thoughts of positivity.  Looking back over the past year can provide inspiration for the next one.  Sometimes it helps with our current difficulties and sometimes not. 

Faithmummy is looking to a year where her daughter eats more, all thanks to the helpful advice of stranger.  The World of Gorgeous Grace hopes there will be less guilt over using respite.   Our Altered Life thinks about what she has in her letter ‘To the mother with the life I will never know’.  It’s a letter many of us could write. 

Steph’s Two Girls is discussing some challenges and victories in her post about school refusal and homeschooling. Coincidentally, The Wrong Kind of Snow gets her daughter into school transport all thanks to Channel 4’s Phil Spencer sitting (oh the humanity) on the toilet

Finally, some of us are looking forward and offering some advice.A Blog About Raising My Autistic Child looks into a similar topic.  How to help any angry child tells us a familiar story with hope.  Mummy Est.2014 talks about the challenges of challenging behaviour and suggests some ways to help.  Her post may be helpful to some SEND parents and carers.  

I hope whatever your January has brought, you are doing well and have hope the year ahead.  I look forward to reading your posts over the next month.  Drop them below for inclusion in the next SEND Round-up. 


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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.


    • Ann
      03 February 2018 / 21:57

      Thanks Hayley – and I loved your TedX!

  1. 03 February 2018 / 22:05

    Looks like loads of great posts for me to catch up with!
    Thank you so much for including my 2017 round up!