Down's Syndrome, A Disaster? written by Emily Beckloff of the International Elf Service
Down Syndrome, International Elf Service

I’ve published ‘Down’s Syndrome, A Disaster?’ on the Huffington Post

Most if not all of you know that our youngest son has Down’s Syndrome.  I’m very pro choice but as it’s Down’s Syndrome Awareness month and Sally Phillips has aired her controversial documentary ‘A World Without Down’s Syndrome‘, I thought I’d write a little something… You can read my story here: Down’s Syndrome, A Disaster?.  Please know […]

Sensory Processing Disorder: Meltdown Management
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Sensory Processing Disorder: Meltdown Management

This post on Sensory Processing Disorder: System Overload  is the 4th in the series of our journey with Sensory Integration Therapy, and I hope it can help others in some way. If you would like to read some background on Sensory Processing Disorder and the start of our journey with Sensory Integration Therapy, this is […]

The Benefits of Makaton as a language system to facilitate communication, speech & language Photo by Catherine Anne Gilmour
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The Benefits of Learning Makaton – by Becky Lyddon

Photo: ‘Hello’ by Catherine Anne Gilmour In society most communication is recognised through speaking to others. However, some people may have difficulty with using speech and they will need to use different ways to communicate. Makaton is a language development programme using signs and symbols to help people communicate. Today over 100,000 children and adults […]

Personalised Books To Aid Reading: love2read, A Review
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Personalised Books To Aid Reading – from ‘love2read’

As most of you know, our youngest child has Down’s Syndrome. He’s four, he’s very funny, he started mainstream reception this year and, like many children with Down’s Syndrome, he has some developmental delays. Children with Down’s Syndrome are strong visual learners and research has shown they find it easier to learn if they’re shown […]

The First term: A Family's Experience of Mainstream Reception With Their Son Who Has Down Syndrome
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Our Family’s Initial Experience Of Mainstream Reception – Guest Post

Lucy Lloyd-Scott is the proud mother of two gorgeous children, the eldest of which has Down’s Syndrome.  She talks openly and very helpfully about how his first term in mainstream Reception is going so far… *** Our son, who has Down’s Syndrome, has almost completed his first term in Reception at mainstream primary school. On balance it has […]

Our Boy With Down Syndrome & Mainstream Primary School
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Our Boy With Down’s Syndrome & Mainstream Primary School

Image by John-Mark Kuznietsov As many of you read about our initial indecision about whether or not to ‘Delay Our Boy With Down’s Syndrome Starting School For A Year Or Not‘ and then how it went initially, I thought I’d write an update on how he’s getting on a few weeks in…! You may remember that, […]

Probiotics and Friendly Bacteria explained
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How Bacteria Affect Our Health – Guest Post

You may have heard of the terms ‘friendly bacteria’ and ‘probiotics,’ but how important are they and do they really affect our health? Nisha Patel, a Pharmacist and mum of two girls explains it all… *** There are two things I love about being a pharmacist. The first is working with the general public and the second is […]

Dealing With After School Tiredness & Tantrums
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Dealing With After-School Tantrums & Tiredness

We’re having strops, tantrums and loud shouts of ‘NO!’ after school, which I’m assured is happening all over London, so this does make me feel a BIT better.  I’ve been totally expecting it, as our gorgeous four year old boy has Sensory Processing Disorder.  You can read all about our journey here.  To be honest I was expecting […]

Our Boy With Down Syndrome Starts School.
Down Syndrome, International Elf Service, Parenting

Our Boy With Down Syndrome Starts School

Exactly four years to the day after having Open-Heart Surgery and dithering about whether or not to delay starting school for a year or not, our boy with Down Syndrome started in mainstream school last Monday, along with all the other children of his age. He received funding for educational support from the Council and the school has put in […]