Today (Friday) is a day full of SEN green paper meetings for the Surrey pathfinder for me and tomorrow it's the long-awaited Towards a Positive Future SEN conference for which there are still a few bursary places available for parents.
All that's left is to choose what to wear - and as I'm not very good at this sort of thing, it'll probably be the most challenging part of the whole thing. Next week I'll be at the finals for the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards for which Special Needs Jungle is a finalist, so I expect you'll find me searching the rails at the Posh Dress designer exchange shop in Farnham where they always seem to have the right thing that actually fits me.
Family wise we've had a week of CAMHS & cardiology visits for Youngest . The consultant paediatrician spent the CAMHS session yawning and answering his phone, but at least the psychologist was sensitive and attentive and we had a satisfactory outcome, although the six month wait left a lot to be desired.
So, on to the week's stories. Check out, if you haven't seen it, the Pathological Demand Avoidance article by Deborah Rourke - it's had hundreds of views this week and is well worth a read. Also have a look at my post about Youngest 's raspberry Pi computer. The Padawan has become a Jedi...
Have a great weekend and don't let the weather spoil it!
- BBC Ouch blog: Marcus Brigstocke: dyslexia helps my comedy
- DfE: Education Committee examines Special Educational Needs 20 June 2012
- Special Needs Jungle: SEN child? Join me and NAS president, Jane Asher, on Sat 16 June
- Kat's Cafe: Special Needs Causes: It's Time For The Family Reunion
- Disability Scoop: Even In Teens With Autism, Social Training Offers Gains
- Chill4UsCarers: 60,000 grandparents forced to give up work to bring up grandchildren
- SpecialNeedsJungle: Pathological Demand Avoidance; one family’s story
- New Statesman: How many more disabled people will die frightened that their benefits will be taken away?
- Medical News: Study Shows Even Little Kids Can Be Cutters
- Telegraph: Computer games 'improving pupils' GCSE results'
- BBC News: Carers of relatives in England to get legal rights
- Not As Advertised Blog: Youngest brings a Raspberry Pi to life
- Education update: Select committee to look at home education
- Dafna Maor: When My Son Was Diagnosed with Autism, I Started my Life Over