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The Difference A Camera Can Make: An Autism Post

A month ago Number One spent her long hoarded funds on a camera. She has always loved taking photographs with mine, and was excited to own her own. I knew she would love taking photographs with it and seeing what she produced. But I hadn’t expected to see the difference in her confidence. Behind the…

Teachers Get Nervous Too

With our return to school coming up tomorrow, I am faced with an all too familiar scenario. The summer holidays are finished and I will be going back to a brand new class. I love teaching and have now been doing so for 16 years. I have spent most of my life in school, as…

Autism – Today I Hate You

It’s rare I feel this way. For the most part my daughter and her autism are inseparable. It’s impossible to define where one ends and the other begins. And if I’m honest I’m not sure I want to. I love her impeccable eye for detail. I love the way she delves into her passions with…

I’m Sorry: I Should Have Found A Way

As a teacher many children have come and gone through my various classrooms over the last fifteen years. They are, for the year they are yours, a huge part of your life – and you theirs. Then at the end of the year, they move on to new challenges. And you are left with a…

Inclusion: How Can We Make It Better?

Conscious that last week I had a rant about the state of inclusion, I’ve been thinking ever since: How? we can improve it. How we can impact on change for the future? How we can make things better for our children? Disclaimer: My experiences involve working with those with ‘High-Functioning’ Autism, ADHD and Severe Behaviours….