Yearly Archives: 2020

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Why I am PROUD of my son’s attendance award.

By |2020-07-17T17:50:13+00:00July 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

“Why my son won’t be accepting his 100% attendance award” went viral 4 years ago. The photo of one 9-year-old‘s left ear went round the world and was seen by millions of people - along with my rant about how much I dislike 100% Attendance Awards and how, in my opinion, they undervalue community and [...]

“This is Bob, he has piles.” (Co-production week 2020)

By |2020-07-09T21:00:48+00:00July 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Ever been at a work’s do and introduced a colleague by listing off their most recent failures or ailments? “Hi, Steve, this is Bob. He has piles and dropped his laptop yesterday smashing the screen. Bob, meet Steve, he’s can’t sit for long because of his massive piles.” Of course not. I don’t introduce myself as, [...]

Leaving lockdown

By |2020-06-19T17:46:14+00:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: #bridgingthegap, Born at the Right Time Training, communication, covid-19, education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

If you had told me six months ago that any of the support we relied was going to be taken away from us as a family (until further notice), I would have considered locking myself in my bedroom. Ask me to home school ANY of my children = tears (there is a reason I am [...]

Reimagine a new way.

By |2020-06-10T14:28:09+00:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: #bridgingthegap, training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The world is reeling. It has been shaken to the core. Our values, way of life and priorities have been challenged. For parents who have children with complex needs, we’ve been here before. We know what it is like to have our world turned upside down. To feel loss and yet incredibly grateful. To be aggrieved [...]

Lockdown: Caring isn’t cancelled

By |2020-04-16T12:27:00+00:00April 16th, 2020|Categories: #bridgingthegap, Carers, community, disability, family, Lockdown, Uncategorized|

Medications 7 times through the day and night isn't cancelled. 24-hour PEG feeds aren't cancelled. Hoisting and toileting isn't cancelled. 24-hour postural care isn’t cancelled. Personal care isn't cancelled. Cooking, cleaning, educating, playing, resting isn’t cancelled. Contacting and negotiating with professionals isn’t cancelled. Visual stimulation, sensory stimulation and active movements aren’t cancelled Trying to keep your [...]

Behind closed doors

By |2020-02-05T19:26:37+00:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: #bridgingthegap, Born at the Right Time Training, communication, effective communication, training|Tags: , , , |

There is more to me than you can see. I don’t show my vulnerabilities because that is not how it should be. But when I dare to look into your eyes, I know you are a lot like me.   I wake in the night, worrying about what more I should do, but you only get to [...]