Dyslexia in the Classroom

I have recently seen a rise in the amount of children with dyslexia. This is a neurological condition which can affect a person’s ability to spell, read and write; use their working memory; sequence activities; formulate receptive and expressive language; organise themselves; and process their thoughts. Around 10% of the UK population is dyslexic, and […]

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Feel the Music

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou Earlier this month I went to an acapella singing workshop at Beckenham Place Mansion. Surrounded by ancient woodlands, the workshop was held in a Georgian mansion bursting with culture and character. When I settled into the […]

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Colours of Autism

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt April is World Autism Awareness Month. This time every year, we celebrate and recognise the children, young people and adults across the world on the autistic spectrum (ASD). Autism is a spectrum condition […]

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Finding His Voice

“There’s a moment when you have to choose whether to be silent or stand up.”  – Malala Yousafzai Looking back, there have been highs, lows, lightbulb moments and unforgettable memories at school this year. It’ll be sad to say goodbye to the kids in my class and team, but I feel incredibly proud to see how […]

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Being Non-Verbal

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” – Cris Jami All of the children in my class are autistic and most of them are non-verbal.  Ranging from 9 to 11 years old, each child is unique and has their own personality traits. According to […]

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Musings on The A Word

“Get to know someone on the spectrum and your life will truly be blessed!”  Stephanie L. Parker Over the long weekend, I finally caught up on the buzz surrounding The A Word, a 6-part drama about Joe, a 5 year old boy on the autistic spectrum. Through this BBC drama we see the Hughes family’s […]

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Strength of Character

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho As I reflect on last term, the kids at school continue to keep me inspired and motivated, no matter how demanding school life gets. On the last day of term in December 2015, one of my first students, […]

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Holidays with Autism

Whether its the Easter holidays, half term or Summer break, for many children, the idea of no school, teachers or homework for a few weeks, fills them with thoughts of joy and freedom.  There are lie ins, spending more time with their friends and maybe travelling abroad with family to explore new sights and have fun. Parents are either […]

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Unique Blossoms

Spring has officially sprung.  The thing I love about this time of the year is seeing flowers peep out from humble beginnings and blossom into this world. I was recently given a lovely bunch of lilies, roses and other beauties as a floral gift.  As the flowers gradually blossomed and made my place feel homely, I […]

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