SEND Round-up: Bring on Christmas

Welcome to our December SEND Round-up.  The cold is upon us, the trees are naked and I’m beginning to feel festive. We just about got our Christmas decorations up this year without too much drama.  I’ll have to wait and see how the rest of the month goes. 

Although Nicole reminds us that we aren’t all happy in December and Joseph’s Amazing Spectrum Coat is doing whatever is needed to get through the shops, one way or another, we all seem to be preparing for Christmas. Someone’s Mum it seems is caught in a Christmas card dilemma

The Inclusive Home is running a sensory advent and there are many sensory gift ideas from Stories About Autism.  The Sensory Seeker hosts an insightful guide about Christmas gift suggestions from those the autistic spectrum conditions. Ethan’s Stars already had a great gift when they went to Winter Wonderland. Steph’s Two Girls was a bit nervous about going.

Faith Mummy’s daughter knows it won’t be Santa delivering their gifts and that’s OK. Santa works for some and not for others. Ordinary Hopes tells us that Santa will ‘hold on’ till he finds a loo all can use.  A Wheelie Great Adventure concurs and reminds us about a lack of Changing Places in their modern Christmas Carol.

90 Days Dry Dreaming of Pimms looks at the festive season and list the things that disturb their household. It’s not unusual for SEND families to find Christmas challenging and Autism Mumma deals with this by attempting to manage expectations.  Perhaps Starlight and Stories can also help with her tips on surviving December.   Mum on a Mission also gives some great ideas on how you can make Christmas time easier for families with disabled children. 

So that’s about it for this year.  We’ll be back in January with more of your news.  I hope all goes well for you over the festive season and New Year,  I’m looking forward, as always, to reading what you get up to. 

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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. 19 December 2017 / 22:39

    Lots of great posts in there, thanks for including mine! 🙂 Merry Christmas x

  2. 30 December 2017 / 10:17

    Thank you for so many great posts at a time of year that can be tricky. I’d like to add my TedX talk but can’t see the linky this month. Hope it’s OK to plop it here:

  3. Ann
    30 December 2017 / 12:41

    Thanks Hayley! I can grab links from here just fine. Glad you like the round-up.