SEND Round-up: Reflections & what’s in store?

special needs blog posts sliderJanuary feels like a tough month for many, especially SEND parents; dark, chilly, wet, snowy (if you’re lucky!) and a long time until pay day are all known to have an effect on the general population. It’s also when we traditionally take a closer look at our lives and decide what changes we’d like to make – anyone reading a fan of resolutions?! It can all lead to a lot of extra pressure on top of our ever-challenging lives, and that often comes out in writing at this time. It can also lead to taking stock and appreciating, and that’s just what Gym Bunny Mummy has done in her beautiful post ‘If I Could Take It Away‘. Looking for Blue Sky reflected on how Christmas had been in The Ups and Downs of Christmas and it was lovely to hear how well everything had gone for Lisa with the help of some careful planning in Savage Christmas 2015

Mama Owl did what many of us also do; turned her thoughts to sun and holidays. Her post Autism Abroad talks about her week in Latikira with Mark Warner – and I don’t know about you, but I wish I was there right now! Diary of an Imperfect Mum shared two great posts with us, one highlighting what the differences may be at Christmas for a child with autism and the other a remake of the classic ‘Welcome to Holland‘ post (like marmite, people generally love it or hate it).

Others began to think more about schooling issues; Rainbows Too Are Beautiful looked at SEN: Choosing a mainstream school and Lisa at mrssavageangel looked at an issue which affects many; the uncertainty of The Application. I came across a brilliant post written by a teacher which I definitely think is worth sharing, simply called ‘Inclusion…’. If only everyone in schools shared this caring attitude and willingness to learn more, wouldn’t the world be a better place?!

There was a big milestone for me this month; six years since I started blogging, six years since the word autism sprang into our lives. I’d love you to pop over and see what I hope my message for the year ahead will be, in my post Six years on; still talking about autism.

Finishing up this round-up with the big news in the world of SEND this week; the announcement of the new Antenatal Screening for Down’s Syndrome. There’s so much to say and consider on this topic; Down In Front, please, Downright Joy, and The Diary Of A Not So Ordinary Boy gave us plenty of food for thought, and Hayley summed it all up as eloquently as usual in her post over on Downs Side Up

Hoping that February is a good one for you all, please do link up your posts below if you’d like to see them featured!

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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. 28 January 2016 / 10:59

    Thanks for this round up, lots up go and read. I’m not a SEND parent but my daughter has anxiety and its not been helped by my own progressing disability. I’ve posted my blog post about my experiencing applying for PiP

  2. 31 January 2016 / 15:31

    A really great roundup. I’m off to read those I missed. Thanks so much for including my posts. Congratulations of your blog anniversary six years is a fantastic achievement.

  3. 01 February 2016 / 11:06

    A super round-up to bring us into the new year Steph. Thank you for the included. Hayley x

  4. 01 February 2016 / 11:21

    Great round-up and thanks for including me too, didn’t expect that! Looking forward to reading the ones I missed x