For a long while now my boy has not liked being praised. This has become increasingly apparent as he has got older. He gets very cross when you say “well done” or “you’ve done really well”. This is more of an issue on some days than others. Occasionally you can get away with praising him,… Read More My boy’s reaction to praise.
The past few weeks have brought a big change for my little boy as he started his new school. It is a specialist school with very small classes and offers the emotional and social support that he needs in order to cope with the challenges that ASD presents for him in an educational environment. There… Read More September update
The past few weeks have flown by and suddenly we find ourselves only a few days away from my boy starting his new school! He seems to be accepting it fairly well considering it’s been 9 months since he last went to school. We have got the shoes, tried on the uniform, talked about the… Read More Only 5 days to go!!
As most children are preparing to break up for the long awaited summer holidays we are just beginning the countdown for starting a new school in September. My little boy has been out of school for nearly 9 months now, so getting him used to a school routine is going to be an uphill struggle. … Read More The countdown begins…
It’s been a week of ups and downs starting with Father’s Day last weekend. Yet again a special occasion evoked mixed behaviours from my little boy. The morning panned out pretty well, the present giving went as planned and all was calm. The afternoon however was a different story. When family came round to visit… Read More Our week
My little boy greatly struggles with being flexible in his thoughts and ideas. Once he has something in his mind, no matter how achievable it is, there is little chance of being able to influence his thought process. This is partly due to the fact that if he is asked to change the way he… Read More A hidden disability
As I sit down to write this post I literally do not know where to begin. How to describe the last few days. How to explain what we’ve been through. I appreciate that unless you live with PDA it is a very difficult condition to understand. Believe me it’s hard enough for us! I’ll begin… Read More The impact of one special day
In my little boy’s head, everybody’s birthday HAS to be perfect. The pressure that this puts upon both himself and us is enormous! The day has to run according to plan otherwise he can get extremely upset. He particularly struggles with the emotions attached to these special days. The excitement, the anticipation, the joy, the… Read More Birthdays and the emotional rollercoaster
So my little boy has been out of school since November 2016. That’s 5 months ago. Sadly the mainstream school that he transferred to last September were not able to meet his needs. Regular exclusions resulted in him losing any trust in the school. After fighting for months for him to stay there we slowly… Read More The fight for the right school
I’m sure when many dads get home from work they take time out for themselves – watching tv, going for a run, popping out to the pub, going out for a bike ride. Not this one. This dad’s attention is needed from the moment he steps through the door. “Yay Daddy’s home!” my boy calls… Read More A special bond between father and son