About Debs

Debs Aspland
Debs Aspland

My name is Debs Aspland. I am Director of Bringing Us Together.  I am also a Lead Trainer for Early Support, a trainer for Kent Safeguarding Children Board,  I have my own blog (Chaos in Kent).

Like Tania, I was raised in the North West - St Helens in Merseyside – and I know that my Northern blood and upbringing has definitely contributed to making me the person I am today.

I have three children, each with a different educational need. My eldest son was diagnosed at 5 months with hydrocephalus and at 2.5 yrs with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have twins, 14 months younger than my eldest son, who were born 11 weeks prematurely and spent their first 10 weeks in NICU. As a result of his prematurity, my youngest son developed Retinopathy of Prematurity, stage V. This translates in our language to he has no sight or light perception. His twin sister (older by 1 minute, which she insists on telling everyone) has global development delay, oral dyspraxia and a number of other labels.

So, as you can see, I live this, I don’t do it for a living.

I have always been outspoken and a fighter, so when I was first turned down for additional support funding at a nursery, I came out fighting and there were times when it felt like I would never stop fighting. I still have far to go in this Jungle but I hope that my experiences and knowledge can contribute in some way and make this the blog that parents turn to when looking for SEN news, opinions and support.

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