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Tell me why I don’t like Blue Mondays, is it The Hazy Shade of Winter? Jan 16, 2022

Let’s be honest, the dark days of Winter can get to us all. I’ve certainly felt it this year. It’s not stopped raining for weeks here in Wales.

Going outside is often challenging with bad weather, which means a lack of sunlight and less exercise for us and our children to burn...

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How about some Self Compassion...? Dec 19, 2021

This time of year is when we can feel there’s so much ‘to do’, and so many expectations of what’s supposed to happen or be done!

Which puts yet more pressure on us as parents and care givers.

Some of the challenges we could be experiencing include feeling...

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Christmas and the Great Expectations! Nov 28, 2021

Christmas is a month away, eeek how did that happen?

How is it only a  month till Christmas  

Last year I was surprised when I first saw Christmas trees going up by the end of November, but, bearing in mind the year we had just had in 2020, I soon realised the Winter...

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Energy Zappers versus our Well-Being Nov 07, 2021

Energy Zappers versus our Well-Being

Have you ever considered the impact your expectations have on your well-being?

I’ve realised I put more pressure on myself than anyone else does, especially around work. As parents of children with different needs, we run around after everyone else,...

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Why traditional parenting strategies don’t work for PDAers Oct 24, 2021

Why traditional parenting strategies don’t work for PDAers...

 If you and the PDAer in your life are struggling with challenging behaviours, there’s one thing that will almost certainly happen.  It might be a relative, a childcare professional or a friend but someone,...

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Masking and The Fizzy Bottle! Sep 24, 2021

Masking and The Fizzy Bottle!

School can often feel an unsafe place for a young person with PDA. And this is when you might see that behaviour which reminds you of Jekyll and Hyde!

I know from experiencing this with my own children, they seem to have less emotional control when they...

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Back to school… again! Aug 29, 2021

Back to school… again!

This can be an emotional time not just for our young people, but for all the family,  for many different  reasons. This can be the challenge of too many demands in  school, a sensory overload or maybe they can’t access school.

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Surviving the Summer holidays with your PDAer Aug 12, 2021

Surviving the Summer holidays with your PDAer.

It’s the time of year when social media likes to remind us that “we only have 18 precious summers with our children”, and it seems as if everyone is out there having adventures and #MakingMemories. All those Instagram photos of...

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Before I knew about PDA... Feb 06, 2021
Before I knew about PDA...
 
I really found hard to support my son.
I didn't understand the challenging behaviour he was exhibiting was his way of expressing himself.
 
I wasn’t meeting his needs.
 
Like many parents I felt it was really tough at the time. It was all...
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