Welcome to the Britmums February SEND Round-up. I’m hoping you are feeling better than I. I’m typing the round-up this month while huddled under blankets on the sofa. Hit by a cold of almost epic man-flu proportions I’m grateful as ever for the support of my SEND bloggers. This may be the month of Valentines, but as our posts show, our community is all about love and support.
Hayley from Downs Side Up could barely be more full of love during her TedX Talk. Hayley hopes the speech will enable others to overcome their fear of a little extra chromosome and life’s wonderful differences. This is definitely shared by Down Right Joy this month who finds waiting for her daughter taught her about the priceless value of human lives.
H2Au: the stuff of our life is showing support for diagnosis. This post says the lack of a diagnosis, or label, gives rise to such confusion and uncertainty that the impact on mental health is well documented. And those parents of a newly diagnosed autistic child may find this letter from A Blog About Raising My Autistic Son helpful. There’s also plenty of support from School Run Shop on how to prepare an autistic child for school holidays. Support and school types have been on the mind of Stephs Two Girls.
Life and Other Stories Blog is surprised, no, shocked to discover that 43% of people say they don’t know anyone with a disability. This post asks if a lack of support is preventing integration. The Long Chain takes a hard look at the realities of support when it’s down to a postcode lottery. Life and ASC is also thinking about support, but in terms of the value of changing mindsets as the most important reasonable adjustment.
Finally, one of the greatest love and supports for many kids with special educational needs is / are their siblings. To Aufinity and Beyond runs a special needs sibling interview. Traditionally, kids receive more valentines day cards than wives, mothers or sweethearts. I’m not surprised, I know all our kids and their siblings are super special.
Looking forward to seeing what you all produce over the next month. Please feel free to leave links to your favourite posts for inclusion in the comments below.