special needs

Blogs about special needs

This Week in Health News: Children’s Mental Health, and How Much do You Cost the NHS?

9Feb

How much have you cost the NHS?

After weeks of debate and strikes, the NHS continues to dominate the news this week. For a start, junior doctors are due to strike again tomorrow (Wednesday 10th February), over the ongoing dispute about proposed changes to their contracts. A … Continue reading

  

Synaesthesia is more common in autism

25Nov

People with autism are more likely to also have synaesthesia, suggests new research in the journal Molecular Autism. Synaesthesia involves people experiencing a ‘mixing of the senses’, for example, seeing colours when they hear sounds, or reporting that musical notes … Continue reading

  

5 Top Tips for Managing Sensory Processing Disorder

21May

“I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch”   Gilda Radner At least 1 in 20 children may be affected by Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  I repeat, 1 in 20!  That statistic makes SPD astoundingly common and … Continue reading

  

6 Top Tips to Successfully Manage a Meltdown

19May

A meltdown is the platform through which children with special needs are able to communicate their fears and anxiety with others. It can be described as a volcanic eruption of stress expressed in the form of shouting and crying, often brought on by sensory … Continue reading

  

Chocolate

30Apr

It’s been a very hectic week.  I’ve wanted to write sooner but my time has not been my own.  It has been hijacked by schools, teachers and therapists.  In order to give my children whatever they need I would gladly … Continue reading

  

The Only Family With Special Needs Kids in the Village?

30Apr

I laughed every time Daffyd Thomas, played by Matt Lucas, appeared in episodes of Little Britain.  The infamous phrase ‘I’m the only gay in the village’ was born and delivered in hysterical, frustrated tones, highlighting those fragments of prejudice that … Continue reading

  

The Night Before the Launch of A Brief Moment in Time

30Apr

The past three months have been a whirlwind. The buzz began three months ago, the minute I clicked send on my submission email to my publisher.  My manuscript was complete.  It had been edited and there was nothing else to … Continue reading

  

The Trapeze Artist

30Apr

I loved going to the circus when I was a child.  It was thrilling sitting in the huge marquee, listening to the noise and watching what any child would consider to be death defying acts.   I still have cravings for … Continue reading

  

Autism Awareness Month: What Does it Mean to You?

30Apr

April 1st.  A great day to start blogging for Mojomums.  I think back to the jokes I have played in honor of April Fool’s Day, the teasing, laughing and joking.  If you’re in the mood to play a prank on … Continue reading

  

How Do We Define Normal?

26Apr

‘How come you decided to write a book?’  I have been asked. ‘Where on earth did you find the time?’  Many have quizzed. And ‘Thank you Deborah, thank you for sharing.’  I have been honoured to hear. To bare all, … Continue reading

  

My Beautiful Butterfly

24Apr

My Beautiful Butterfly ‘Once upon a time, there was a beautiful girl sitting by the lake watching the butterflies dance’.   A dress, with this writing, was bought for her birth, At the time I’m not sure I realised its … Continue reading