Sunday, 23 June 2013

Pathological Demand Avoidance Mind Map

Just a quick one to share this great diagram on PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) which I came across. A fab resource for teachers, it gives some great ideas on how to approach Sasha in the classroom (but a lot of this applies at home too....!):

Also take a look at if you're interested in learning more - lots of great links on there!
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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Bin Weevils Bling Collector Tin Review

We were delighted to receive a Bin Weevils Bling Collector Tin to review recently.

What? You don't know what one of those is? Well let me enlighten you:


If you look further down, you can see what was inside this shiny tin. Eight super special figures, which includes a 'blinged' Tink and Clott and six crystallized Bin Bot characters. Plus 6 clear Bin Bot plinths and a sheet of glitter stickers.

Still none the wiser?! Well Bin Weevils are a great online game, a bit like (she whispers, arch enemies, don't say I mentioned it) Moshi Monsters. But different of course. It's a 3D online virtual world, where children adopt a Bin Weevil which they can then decorate, play games with, build a nest for and so on. It's free up to a certain point - like with Moshi, you can buy monthly membership to enable more features. Tamsin had previously enjoyed playing on the computer game, so she was delighted to receive this tin of 'real' (instead of 'virtual'!) play pieces. For some reason, she particularly liked the fact that the figures seem to go a little bit 'gooey' when dipped in water!

There are other playsets available which would extend play - this tin retails for around £9.99 and would make a great gift for any fan.

We were sent the above toy for the purpose of this review, but have not received payment. All the views expressed here are our own.
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Monday, 17 June 2013

Birthdays, Cakes and Great Ormond Street

May and June are always slow blogging months for me, mainly because I have so much going on in 'real' life that I struggle to find time for the computer! I do miss it though, so I thought on the eve of my 41st Birthday (yes, I am that old, really, I know I don't look a day over 35, thank you....) that I would do a quick update of what's being going on.

In a nutshell, birthdays. Oh and a Holy Communion, work, half term holidays, OT (Occupational Therapy) appointments and a couple of other bits and bobs too. 'Busy, busy, busy, always busy, lots to do', to coin a Sasha catchphrase.

So I thought I'd just drop in a couple of pictures to pass the time.... A snapshot of the proof of a lovely family Holy Communion picture, along with our gorgeous Angel:

My two birthday cakes for the girls this year. Tamsin's 8th birthday cake in May, a One Direction Disco Ball cake, done to her very specific blueprint:
One Direction Disco Ball Cake
One Direction Disco Ball Cake

Followed by a bright yellow Numberjacks 6 cake for Sasha yesterday (which was going to be a chocolate hedgehog until a week ago - luckily she gave me just enough time when she changed the brief!):

Numberjacks 6 Six Cake

Sadly I'll always have the scar on my thumb to remind me of this after not being quite careful enough with the knife whilst sculpting the frozen cake. Do not do try this at home.

So I wonder what gorgeous creation I'll get for my birthday tomorrow?! 
Actually, my girls are like me on the cake front - I don't particularly like eating them, I just enjoy decorating them. Shame I do enjoy most other bad foods though, waistline never seems to go down....

Tomorrow we are off to GOSH/Great Ormond Street (yes, birthday treat for me!), to see the team who specialise in High Functioning Autism. I'm a little nervous, despite requesting the appointment ourselves and having to wait 5 months for it, as I'm not quite sure what to expect. It's two and a half hours, and it'll be a lot of talking and questions to answer, for us and for Sasha. Let's hope she likes them and agrees to stay longer than 10 minutes!

Part of me is hoping that they will agree with my thoughts that Sasha has PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance), as to have a professional put that in writing will just help smooth her transitions a little more. On the other hand it won't really change who Sasha is and the fact that people really have to get to know her and not just treat her as any other child, or indeed as they may treat any other child with autism. 

There's that old saying: 'if you've met one child with autism, you've met one child with autism'. Sure, there are some common traits, but I see few between Sasha and other autistic children I know, and few between Sasha and other NT children I know (like our older daughter!). However I do know she has some truly amazing traits and we love her to pieces - never a dull moment around here, that's for sure!
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