National Gardening Week

Springtime sparks a surge in gardening nationwide, with even the smallest balcony or window ledge being transformed into a riot of colour. National Gardening Week celebrates this passion, with a range of interactive gardening activities available across the country. In this article we are embracing our green fingers and exploring how those with learning disabilities […]

Festival of Sleep

The Festival of Sleep is a celebratory day created to remind individuals to take a rest after the chaos of the festive season. But life with a child with learning disabilities may make it difficult to get the essential sleep required for wellbeing, let alone indulgent post-Christmas naps. The importance of sleep is well known […]

Preparing for Christmas

Whilst most families are excitedly anticipating Christmas, when you have a child with a learning disability or autism, preparing for Christmas can take more consideration and planning. What many view as enjoyable markers of the season – such bright lights, crowds, noise, visitors, celebrations and disruption to routine – when viewed from the eyes of […]

A Lonely Society

Listening to Lucy Hurst Brown on ‘A Lonely Society’ (originally aired on Radio 4, available on BBC iPlayer) was a poignant reminder of how far we, as a society, still must come towards true integration of all. Hurst Brown reflected on her life’s work – helping to move people out of institutions into supported living […]

Neurotribes by Steve Silberman

In our new review series, we will be looking at inspirational reading for those who live or work with anyone with autism or a learning difficulty. Our second book, Neurotribes by Steve Silberman, is an impressive and wide-reaching book, tracing the history of autism in depth and with a humanity that led him to being […]