So, here is Special Needs Jungle's top tip of the day that I think many of you will find very handy.
Lots of our children have difficulty with laces, especially if they are dyspraxic, and Youngest , for one, has developed his own, somewhat unique, style of doing his shoes up. These days it's easier with velcro straps, but sometimes, such as with trainers or football boots, it's just not possible. Plus, as they get older, velcro isn't very cool.
However, there is a very nifty solution we've found - elastic laces with a toggle tightener. As you can see in these pictures taken of Youngest 's school shoes as we sat in the ever-long queue trying to get down Farnham's Castle Street, he can manage them with ease.
You can get them from Amazon.co.uk. We tried the spiral ones but they're very difficult to get through the lace holes on the shoes.
You might wonder why Youngest is wearing quilted mittens on a warm September day in the pic on the left. Well, that's another story...
I'm having the rest of the day off - it's my 15th wedding anniversary. It's been a long, interesting journey that has changed me in so many ways. Little did I imagine that on that day, already expecting Son1, how many challenges were to come. But we've made it - we promised patience and understanding and no two words could be more true!