3 days ago


3 client calls this morning and now off for a 6 mile run. 🏃‍♀️
3 client calls later and the last of my online group sessions later. 😊 Has it been 6 weeks already?!

And to think, this time last year, I hardly had any regular clients or income!

People come and go, but many stay. I’m grateful to be part of people’s neurodiverse journey and thoroughly love what I do.

I do not, however, not love the prospect of going out for a run in the cold rain. But my ADHD teenage twins have just told me they are impressed with my dedication so now I have no choice! Doh! 😫
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5 days ago


I’m researching school exclusions for children with special needs for a third party blog and I’m feeling sad. Children with SEND are 7 times more likely to be excluded than those with no SEND. 45% of permanent exclusions and 43% of fixed term exclusions have identified SEND yet only 15% to 17% of the school population have unidentified SEND. And what of those who have unidentified special needs?

‘Persistent disruptive behaviour’ is the highest stated category, accounting for 34% of the exclusions and this can be low or high disruption - usually a combination of the two. It is easy to see how our fidgets, wrigglers, stimmers, impulsives and sensory seekers fit into this. Those who struggle to comprehend, concentrate and socialise too.

�Needs don’t go away just because we refuse or aren’t equipped to identify and support them. Unmet needs lead to unwanted #behaviour and mental health difficulties. Most mental health issues surface at the age of 14 and 75% of moves to alternative provisions happen in the first 3 years of secondary school. 🤷🏼‍♀️ The behaviour iceberg (what we can see) might be more evident in the early stages of secondary school where 75% of transfers to alternate provisions take place in the first 3 years. But I suggest that the iceberg is being formed and reinforced much earlier. We can do something about that can’t we?

We must look deeper to identify the cause of the difficulty and support the child rather than condemning each act and punishing behaviour. Don’t get me wrong, some actions warrant exclusion and some children need specialist placements from the start. It is a shame many have to fail in mainstream to secure these though isn't it?!
Our children with additional NEEDS are at higher risk of exclusion which suggests a systemic and an ideological problem and a significant need for training .

Sorry for posting, deleting and then reposting. I couldn’t believe what I had written and was doubting myself. I’ve attached link to sources for those who would like to know more.

More on this to follow. 🙂





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1 week ago


🥰Happy Valentines Day🥰

In this house, Valentine’s has always been a family thing.
When Vicki (#Autism and #ADHD) was 13, she felt left out and sad on valentines, so I bought heart shaped lollipops and we had a nice dinner as a family. Each year is different because the kids increasingly have their own lives, but we all shared valentines texts this morning and those that are around will eat together later.

May you all enjoy your Valentines Day - no matter what it looks like.
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