This week I have done no speech work with my child. 

I set myself a target of blogging once a week – but this week I have nothing to say about speech. Speech has been pushed out by her brother’s school play, her parent’s evening at school, volunteering at school, looking after ill kids, visiting ill friends, entertaining guests, pretending to clean, bad lifestyle choices, dealingContinue reading “This week I have done no speech work with my child. “

7 ways the UK school funding formula steals our hope

1) Institute for Fiscal Studies calculates that U.K. schools will see an average 8% real-terms reduction in per-pupil funding between 2014 and 2020. The overall funding is basically static, but there are large additional expenses. The shortfall can only be met by staff cuts. 2) Schools need staff beyond teachers. Having a TA in theContinue reading “7 ways the UK school funding formula steals our hope”

Gender stereotyping pronouns 

Gender is just a social construct – right? Primary aged kids don’t have any differences in appearance or strength or biological function based on their gender – so it follows I should be quite content that Junior doesn’t differentiate he/she/it. I have achieved a child totally unfettered by gender stereotypes – a modern citizen! DarnContinue reading “Gender stereotyping pronouns “

Never underestimate the desperation of a woman who chooses to be up at midnight hot-glueing home-dried rose petals to a cereal box.

Let me take you back a few hours. It all started quite sensibly. Family learning homework being to do something (anything) on the topic of ‘flowers’. Flowers: we know. Roses, daffodils, bluebells, daisies: we love but we don’t know. Petal, stem, leaf: blank. Like many other school interactions – I take it as a tip-offContinue reading “Never underestimate the desperation of a woman who chooses to be up at midnight hot-glueing home-dried rose petals to a cereal box.”

12 things I hate about indirect speech therapy

1) She has enough challenges in her learning without diverting her teacher to be a ‘shadow speech therapist’ 2) She has enough challenges engaging  with her peers without diverting her teaching assistant to be a ‘shadow speech therapist’ 3) You’re trading quantified targets (e.g. speech sounds) against softer unspecified goals (e.g. answer a question inContinue reading “12 things I hate about indirect speech therapy”

New words for me

I’ve put together a little glossary HERE (or reachable through top menu). I find that it is helpful to understand the terminology & theory of Junior’s additional ‘needs’ so that I can plan for her better and have more effective conversations with healthcare professionals. And Google better.  I’m not a therapist myself – so I’ve written down theContinue reading “New words for me”

Dear Zoo…how to donate your child to the monkey enclosure!

Originally posted on Mummy Est.2014:
Ok the title is a bit of false advertising, but J has hit the terrible 2’s with full force and gave me only 2hrs sleep last night so my energy reserve for ‘tantrum outbursts’ is running low today. Today we used the new PECS cards to explore Dear Zoo by…


– very motivating to encourage child to vocalise repetitive simple instructions to ‘train’ their pet. “Rex – SIT!”  – kid is also motivated to tell you what is happening – so use simple sentences like ‘doggy is eating’ – wholesome appealing fun for every age group – best used at the point at which theContinue reading “Nintendogs”