SEND Round-up: Awareness, behaviour & care

Many SEND Bloggers took some time out of social media during the recent awful events in Manchester and London. After a break though, there has been a general desire to not let the events stop us continuing our lives. And so to our June SEND round-up.  Last month, various aspects of behaviour and care that have been highlighted by our ever passionate community that is, as always, raising awareness too.

We don’t talk about ‘bad behaviour’ much in SEND. Maybe because many of our kids actions are misunderstood.  However, some of us may find Caring in the Chaos’ 10 simple strategies to stop challenging behaviour and idea’s from Autism with Lots of Love and Affection quite useful.  Autism Mumma is wondering what will come along with puberty  and Little Mama Murphy is discovering about behaviours that are communication.  A Blog About Raising My Autistic Son, on the other hand, is helping others worried about their child’s behaviour.

Someone’s Mum considers the idea that ‘if you’ve met one person with autism … you’ve met one person with autism’ and Faith Mummy discusses the assumptions about her daughter’s autism.  Sensory Sensitive Mummy thinks about how autism can be masked with her post linking to an awareness day covering a subset of autism – Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA).  This was also supported by both This Little Boy of Mine and Stephs Two Girls who discuss life with PDA .

Knowing how to best support our kids isn’t always easy.  But I’m glad to say that some SEND Bloggers are also talking about the need to support and care for their whole family and themselves. It’s a Tink Thing discusses how the stress of waiting for a school is breaking her while Mum Making Lemonade stresses the importance of post natal/post diagnosis mental health care.  Both these posts are also supporting Mental Health Awareness Week. 

The Long Chain highlights Children’s Hospice Week when talking about not wanting respite.  And whereas Joseph and his Amazing Spectrum Coat talks about being so tired, she’s SlangryOrdinary Hopes find herself enjoying a cuddle in a special moment.  

Some of the SEND blogging community had their own different special moments at the inaugural BAPS Blog Awards. Those attending were relaxing, having fun and taking some time for themselves.  Feel free to commiserate and celebrate with all the finalists and winners

That’s all for this month.  Please do drop links if you’d like them to be considered for next time.

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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.


  1. 21 June 2017 / 10:38

    A fabulous round up of what’s going on in our community. Thank you x

    • Ann .
      21 June 2017 / 12:08

      Thanks Hayley, always a pleasure to hear from you.