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Words Written By Me

28 Oct

Wow… What an incredible week its been.

First off I discover I’m one of 10 finalist for the SavooSmartest Shopper Competition” then I go on to be interviewed by four great judges in London.

The competition has a great prize attached. The prize money is generous but you are also given the opportunity to write a “Money Saving Blog” with support from Savoo.

Did I feel incredibly shocked yet incredibly excited about getting this far in the competition? God, Yes…

No matter how far I get in any sort of writing related awards or competitions I still always find that need to pinch myself and pinch myself hard.

Why? Well, there are a few reasons for this but there is one that stands out particularly!

I could say that blogging has opened many doors for me, given me something to tell the grand children (in the FAR away future) but I won’t… Instead I will say how Writing has opened such doors for me instead.

Yes, without the blog how could I do the things I’m doing? But its what goes on the blog that should be noted, after all… What’s a blog without its content.

I wrote a post a while back that spoke about my writing and the reasons why I’d never imagined myself doing what I’m doing today. You see, writing was never my thing (just read this), if anything expressing myself through written content was something I struggled with and therefore disliked immensely! I remember my English teacher telling my mother how I had this amazingly creative mind that I was just wasting by not using it to reach my full potential! Once she started that if I could just put down on paper that creative vocabulary of mine, then we could sell books. I knew even at 12 that this was sarcasm. I’d been a bit of a diva and spoken back to the teacher who was simply not impressed with what I had to say (I had detention for weeks to follow). However, she was always impressed by whatever writing I’d reluctantly produce and she did think that by continuing to write I’d open up a whole new inner passion that I never knew I had.

“Blah blah blah…” I’d think to myself as I impatiently tapped my finger nails on the desk while yawning in an exaggerated manner. Teachers were never right, not by this girls knowledge anyway! I actually remember being sat thinking “Oh stop banging on about it miss… Its Not gonna happen!”

I often sit wondering what she would say if she see me now?

I’m not claiming I’m the best writer! I never read the stuff I’ve written and think to myself wow girl… You sound amazing, go write for a living!… Though I did actually make myself cry once when reading a post id written some months after I’d first published it! My point being, I’m always immensely humbled when I receive an email from a reader complimenting my writing style. I am used to getting emails from readers claiming that I’m an inspiration for sharing my life as a parent to a child with Aspergers and sen. I’d also get those thanking me when I would help them access educational services or advise them on the education laws surrounding their child’s special educational needs. And although i’m just about getting to grips with such words, its those emails and comments that claim my writing to be anything other than bog standard that leave me shocked yet amazed.

If you had asked me as a small primary child or even a raging mad hormone infused teen, if I’d ever see myself writing in the future, and more to the point… actually enjoying it , you can be bet your house on it that I’d quickly respond with with a swift “NO” followed by a burst of giggles (the type that implies you must be insane to even ask).

What I’ve leant is… Miss Whitehead, you were right! Yes, I love to write, I do express my feelings so much better on paper, and if I could chose to do anything during my “Me Time” I’d do exactly what I’m doing now… I’d write!

Did I want to grow up and find myself writing a blog? No!

Did I ever think I’d see any of my writing published in print? No!

Did I ever dream I’d be nominated for any type of blogging awards? No!

Did I ever once think Id go on to collect a Mad blog award (inspirational) in the name of my blog “A boy with Aspergers” for not one but two consecutive years? Whatever… This one is followed by that Swift burst of giggles that again imply your craziness.

Did I ever imagine that people would read about my little self and that blog of mine in the papers? Ha-Ha-Ha… Joker!

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I’ve learnt that by combining my passions with words and sharing them through written material in whatever format I choose, I’m able to gain something back that is incredibly rewarding! That something is the knowledge that by doing something I love I’m providing others with something they relate too, laugh at, learn from, take inspiration from or simply just enjoy!

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That is something wonderful… And Its something I’m not planning on stopping… Not for a very long time.

So, whether I’m blogging about the ups and downs of parenting a child on the autism spectrum, what I’m wearing, how to make your own face mask, sharing tips on how to get the most out of eBay or simply where to get the best shoes for the littlest price, it doesn’t matter… Why?

Because each would mean nothing without the passion I hold for the things I believe in, the things I enjoy and finally the desire to translate them into words, words written by me.

Every time something amazing comes from something I’ve typed on my Mac… I go through these same motions!

Its these motions that have inspired me to blog today… Who knows what tomorrow may bring.

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Money Saving And Financial Support Resources For Those Parenting A Child With A Disability

22 Oct

We all know that parenting children with disabilities or SEN is more costly for whatever reason!

That’s why I wanted to share some great resources designed to help such families save money and lessen the burden.

Help with the everyday cost of living

If your child is entitled to any benefits such as Disability Living Allowance (DLA) be sure to claim them as your child’s appropriate adult.

Filling out DLA forms can seem a daunting process but there is help out there. Many online sites have developed detailed guides to help you fill in the form to the best of your ability.

Once your child’s DLA application has been approved, fill out a Carers Allowance form (better still do it at the same time as the DLA form) This isn’t a great deal of money but does help to lessen the burden especially if you are caring full time and are not in the position to work.

Save Money On Days Out

Most major theme parks and attractions do offer special rates for those with a disability and their carer. I would suggest visiting your planed attraction online. All will need to have easy access to their policies relating to disability, access and pricing. Most of the large parks also provide special access passes so those who find it difficult to queue can use the rides exist. Note… Each park has its own policies but most will require you to bring a certain amount of identification as well as proof of disability.

Financial Support Towards Days Out & Holiday’s

The Happy Days Charity funds and organises holidays, residential trips, days out and theatre trips for children and young people aged 3 to 17 years with learning difficulties, physical or mental disabilities.

Individuals can apply for help with the cost of days out and theatre trips, while families can apply for funding towards a one week UK family holiday (though a supporting letter from a professional is needed).

Another charity that can provide assistance to families in need of a break are the “Family Holiday Association” who helps disadvantaged children and their families with family UK breaks. Applications must be made by a welfare agent exp… Social worker etc.

Below is a charity who have helped us fund days out to their attractions, such as Lego Land and Chessington. They have done this by providing us with complementary family tickets. Note… there was some talk last year of pending changes to the way the charity processed applications form families of autistic children so you should refer to their website for full details….

Merlin’s Magic Wand is a worldwide charity for children, aiming to provide magical experiences for those who are seriously ill, disabled or disadvantaged.

The charity has been created by the Merlin Entertainments Group, Merlin’s Magic Wand is a UK charitable trust, run by a Board of Trustees. The board manages the funds and makes awards to good causes in the countries in which Merlin operates. Find out who is eligible and how to apply by visiting their website.

Its also worth noting that Scope have a special inclusion service designed to help children and young people with disabilities access leisure activities and facilities within their own communities.

Save Money On Travel Costs.

Earlier in the week I spoke about the disabled persons railcard which enables the card holder and carer upto 30% each of their travel. There is a yearly fee of around £20 but its worth it as you can save a fortune. I also highlighted how those claiming DLA who receive the high care rate and live in london can normally apply for a disabled persons pass (which enables the card holder free travel in london) You should check with the local authority or DWP about accessing this service. Those who receive the mobility part at the higher rate are also entitled to a blue badge which could make parking at hospitals etc a whole lot cheaper and easier. If the person in receipt of the benefit is a minor the child’s carer is able to use the badge on the family car.

Those in receipt of mobility may also be given the option of a car provided for their use by a car dealer on behalf of the DLA. This means a brand new car is provided to the family but the cost is taken from the mobility part of their DLA and they will receive no or very little cash payment (but will have the car for as long as they are in receipt of the benefit with the option of upgrades).

Financial assistance for home improvements and mobility aids.

That Act Foundation gives grants to individuals and charities based in the UK. These grants are designed to enhance the quality of life specifically for those with physical and/or learning disabilities.

Grants can be provided for building (modifications to the home)
Equipment (mobility aids etc…)
Financial assistance towards respite registered breaks.

The local authority/council can provide help and assistance in way of a disabled facilities grant. This is designed to provide financial assistance to enable families to make adaptions to the home as to allow the child with a disability to continue living there. Note: for those under the age of 19 years this is not means tested.

The Variety Club is a really great charity who provide grants and assistance to provide families with vital daily items that often go unconsidered yet cost thousands of pounds every year. These include things like bath mats, toilet seats, car seats and more.

Family Fund Is another fabulous charity that provide families of disabled children grants and vouchers for essential items such as appliances and more. They can even supply families with vouchers towards holidays within the UK and aboard, as well as some of the cost towards driving lessons to make live that little bit more easier.

There are some fantastic charities out there, set up to provide families parenting a child with a disability advice and in some cases financial support. Its just finding them that seems to be the problem for some. Those listed above are just a handful, there are many others available to help and you may be able to find the right service for you by visiting the one of these online directories…
Funder Finder
Living Made Easy For Children

Money Makes Little Man’s World go round.

25 Sep

What with the little man going on and on about money all the time I thought the Digital Coin Counting Money Jar would be an excellent review choice for him. Little Man used to be pretty awesome at saving but not anymore, his now terrible! As soon as money hits his hand his spending it. He seems to think that the hole in the wall just dishes out free money whenever you ask for it! Yer, I don’t think so!

The Digital Coin Counting Jar is a clever Money Box that counts each British coin as you feed it through the slot located in the lid. The digital counter keeps on running while totalling up the pennies as you save.

It’s a great idea as it really is a brilliant way to encourage children to save their pocket money. I love how visual it is, just being able to see the total going up is a really great feature for Little man. He doesn’t do guessing and not knowing how much money his saved tends to drive him a little loopy. The digital total also assures him its all a reality… This may seem weird but being able to visually see the total along with the money in the jar gives the child on the autism spectrum visual encouragement. Little man finds it incredibly irritating when people expect him to just appreciate something without the visual stimulation to back it up.

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The fact that its a gadget also contributes to its overall desirability for the Little man who is a totally gadget nut job (nothing’s to do with Aspergers, just a case of boys and their toys I think). He keeps this on his bedside table and cheekily checks it daily to make sure the pennies ain’t going down as opposed to up. Whoever he thinks maybe on the Rob is beyond me! Well it ‘s just myself and the toddler at home when his at school so this doesn’t speak high volumes of his trust in me. Not that he has any justifiable cause… I’m the one who gives him the money to feed the thing and his definitely the only one spending it, not me!

He used to have one of those cash machine saving banks. He loved it, only this love was short lived. Once he lost the card, had an almighty meltdown and I had no choice but to show him that actually the card was nothing more than a novelty. Yes, he was pleased I’d freed his cash from his little ATM replica but meltdown number two soon kicked in, what with the reality that his plastic cash card was just a toy and I’d been able to access it if I really needed to destroyed his love for it.

This money counting jar is something very different and much better suited to his needs. It’s a great size and its made of hard durable plastic as opposed to glass (wouldn’t last five minutes otherwise). The fact it’s clear is a real bonus as for the reasons I’ve already mentioned above.

The digital counter is very clever. It takes away the whole manual counting process and although this is fine as math provides one with great brain food, its also a top way to get out of penny counting. Silver and golds i’ll count all day if you like but the brown ones… These just get on everyone’s wick.

It’s a great way to reach a goal. They can see themselves getting closer and closer and this spurs them on.

Now this may sound terrible but its also a great tool for enforcing good behaviour. Normally if I just say to little man “you’re losing your pocket money” he doesn’t even react its like he couldn’t care less! But when you use something like this as a visual tool it can really swing things in the other direction. Now he does care as if he does lose it there will be no bigger coins to help his total rise and the thought of having to search down sofas for pennies for another week, really must be to much fir him to cope with. He really has had a better two weeks.

The ‘Digital Coin Counting Money Jar’ uses 2 x AA batteries (not included) and
Unfortunately the contents is not included.

The Digital Coin Counting Money Jar is just £12.99 Check it out for yourself over at Presents For Men.

Little Man Sets Up Shop

13 Jun

So, the little man has been using that clever brain of his to make himself some money.

The little man has always had a keen interest in money, then again who doesn’t?

So… The boy has come up with an ingenious plan to make some. His set up shop, yes you did hear that correctly. His actually set up shop in his bedroom.

Today he attended a school trip to Chessington World of Adventures and instead of spending the whole of his £10 treat money he brought home £7.50 (yes, I was amazed)! Following a trip to Costa coffee (don’t ask) he went to the shop across the road from our house and purchased £3.00 worth of mixed sweets. He then brought some plastic cups and emptied the contents of his sweets into a large ice cream container and the shop was then officially open for trading!

So… Just what was he selling? A cup of mixup for £1.00 yes… One whole quid. He sold me two cups for his siblings, his dad came round and brought 2 cups, his friend next door couldn’t resist and neither could his cousin! The little man has therefore made a whole £6 and he still has over half his container of sweets remaining. This means the little man is already over £2 in profit… The clever little sod.

My son already has big plans for his future and talks highly of people such as Richard Branson (his idol) he tells me that his going to make millions and I’ve now taken up using this to try and engage his learning and school attendance.

Life isn’t always easy when your child is on the autism spectrum but it also has far more up sides and this is truly one of them (even if it’s costing me a fortune buying sweets)!

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The ultimate Britmums Live Meme & Linky 2012

3 Mar


Oh.. Yes, it just has to be done! I know we have the “Meet and Greet”, but for those like myself who just need to know more, the “The ultimate Britmums Live Meme and Linky 2012” has got it covered!

I’m pretty stinking excited about this pending bloggers conference aimed a parent bloggers, and judging by the list of speakers and workshops I’m guessing you are too?

I can’t wait to see some of my bloggy friends again as-well as those I’m still dying to greet. It may seem a long way till June, but gathering how fast this year is already going it will be here before we know it!

This Meme is my way of squashing some more need to know info out of you soon to be Britmums Live attendees. I wanna know everything from why you’re going to what workshops you all fancy attending!

It’s also my way of getting you all to agree a massive Britmums live drink up on the Friday night… Come on how often are we childless women let loose in London town?

Meme Rules

Its Simple… I’ve written some questions which I’ve also answered!

Copy the nosey questions, and paste them within your own post, followed by your own answers …

Tag another 2-4 bloggers to do the same (alerting them to the meme) tip (it’s a good idea to make sure they are attending before tagging them)!

Once complete link your completed Meme to the Linky in this post (don’t forget to share rules with your tagged few, giving them this URL for the Linky). This way we can keep track of the answers and importantly who’s tagged.

Please link to, and state the creator as A boy with Aspergers.

We’re off!

Q: What’s your blog title/URL and how long have you been blogging?

A: A boy with Aspergers for the last 3.6 years

Also blog at Mummy of many talents for 3.0 months

Q: Will Britmums Live be your First blogging conference?

A: No I went to Cybermummy 2011

Q: Did you bag yourself a sponsor?

A: Yes, I’m being sponsored by the wonderful Orchard toys *Big Wave Hello*

Q: Are you attending both days?

A: Yes I need the break 🙂

Q: What are you most looking forward to about the conference?

A: probably the prospect of catching up with so many bloggers I love while at the one event. Also the Ruby Wax Keynote

Q: Are you wearing Branded Clothing ( you’re sponsors brand)?

A: I may well be, Orchard toys are considering a Tee (Ooo… I hope its my colour)!

Q: What is your planed style for this event?

A: Likely be, jeans, T and flats (let’s see how diet persists)!

Q: Are you hoping to be nominated for a BiB award?

A: I won’t lie of course it would be nice, though it’s not the be all and end all!

Q: if so what category?

A: The category for ‘Change’ would be nice!

Q: Will you be looking to network with Brands?

A: I love to talk with Brands and form new relationships so I’ll happily network with brands, though I’ll be networking with bloggers on the whole.

Q: What do u hope to walk away having gained from the conference?

A: New ideas, inspiration, contacts and new friendships

Q: Will you be dressing up in the toilets for the Friday night BiBs?

A: I may slip on some heals (though flats remain in oversized bag)!

Q: Are you speaking at the conference and if so when, where and how do you feel about doing so?

A: No, not officially, though this has never shut me up before 🙂

Q: Will you be joining in the early morning bloggercise on the Saturday?

A: Umm… that depends on how much I drink Friday night!

Q: What speakers are you most looking forward to listening to?

A: Ruby Wax, Cherry Healey, Sarah Brown, Kate Davis – Homes… just to name a few!

Q: What workshops will you be attending on the Friday (Day 1)

A: Still undecided between Getting published or The clever bloggers way to write about parenting.

Q: What Workshops being held on the Saturday (Day 2) have grabbed your attention?

A: 9.45-10.40 Advanced blogging photography

11.30-12.20 Discussions Den: Blogging for a greater good, 12.20-13.10 How to create an Ebook

14.40-3.00 either How to make money from your blog or Advanced WordPress, 15.00-15.50 Video blogging

Q: Are u booked into a hotel for the Friday night, if yes which one?

A: Yes, the Travelodge

Q: Will you be looking for after party drinks

A: There will be no need to ask twice (hit me up ladies)

Q: Are u worried about not knowing anyone or being confident and socialising on the day?

A: No, I feel I know quite a few bloggers this year as opposed to a small handful last year. I’m dead friendly, anyone and everyone is welcome to chat with me

Q: What’s are you most likely to be found doing why attending Britmums Live?

A: Talking far too much and over indulging in cake 🙂Please click HERE to nominate me for a BiB if desired.

Now, it’s your turn and I can’t wait to read them answers!

Tagging

(Note you are only required to tag 2-4 bloggers I have tagged a few more to get this Linky started!)

Michelle twinmum

Multiple Mummy

Alex from Doing It All for Alyna

The Boy and Me

Kate on Thin Ice and Groovy Mums

The Ana Mum Dairy

Those that Like the Linky and want to get involved, can join without the requirement of a tag. Please do follow the same rules though, not forgetting to link up.


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Tonight is the night

30 Sep

Can you believe it, today is the day of the Mad blog awards Ceremony where the winners will be revealed.

I will be done up to the nines in my new dress and overly high shoes. Lots of makeup is needed (a paper bag even) as I’m sure I will have great big bags hanging from under my eyes, the kind bigger enough to carry a weeks shopping in!

Of course I haven’t had a wink of sleep, not even a tiny bit. We currently don’t have any melatonin for Little Man, (not that it does much good anyway) so these last few nights have been pretty trying.

My Sponsor OptiBac Probiotics have provided me with a beautiful hotel for tonight, so I’m not only looking forward to the awards but also a good bloody nights sleep!

Tomorrow is another big day in our household! It’s the Little man’s 11th Birthday.

This year I found we’ve had less strange gift request, such as padlocks, batteries and Dr pepper. This has been replaced with the request for money!

Sadly Little man seems to think the stuff falls out of the sky and I nearly killed myself laughing when he calmly yet politely requested the grand old sum of £400 (No my finger didn’t slip and accidently add an extra 0)!

Having Aspergers means little man normally has no shame in requesting the things he wants. Most children don’t, when the request is being made at their parents, yet little man will make such request to anyone who will listen!

His been requesting different sums of cash from a host of family members these past few weeks, so much so, that it’s driving me a tad loopy.

Another thing my son has a tendency to do, has done for as long as I can remember, is,

“ Ask friends and relatives bearing gifts, how much did it cost”

It’s times like these I feel to cover his mouth so he cannot speak. Someone gives him a present and I hold my breath in till I almost pass-out in the hope he doesn’t ask!

Of course I’ve explained that it is indeed rude, my child’s rigid thinking disallows him to see my point, he can’t get my way of thinking so therefore continues on his mission to find out the cost of his birthday presents and won’t rest in till he has.

This year he is off for a day out in London with his friend My younger sister will be doing the honours in accompanying them. Me, I’m not invited! He actually went about making his birthday plans without me! Charming I know! So I’ve decided to treat him to a nice Chinese meal in the evening.

So, that’s my Little update from my little world.

I cannot continue for I am simply zombied out, so apologise if this post is a load of meaningless rubbish!

If you fancy finding out how myself and the other finalist get on at the Mad awards tonight (that’s if I manage to stay awake through it) then you can follow the live blog where there will be live commentary and pictures posted throughout! This kicks off at 6pm this evening (Friday 30th September) just click HERE.

HALF TERM.

13 Feb

My god it’s that time again! It’s half term and us mummy’s and daddy’s will have to get our heads on and start thinking  what to do in the way of keeping them little monsters entertained. Half term comes around so fast’ it only seems like yesterday they were on Christmas break. My two seem to become so bored it’s then that we have problems as they always argue. Little man wants Alice to play seems to be a good thing as this used to never happen he would prefer to play alone. But and yes this is a big but! When they do play together it’s all on Giovanni’s terms. This is annoying for Alice as he tells her what she has to say,do and act in the game. It always seems to head towards Alice having to go on a bus or a train which as you can expect after playing this game 1000 times it becomes some what boring. The refusing in wanting to play seems to be what gets to G most causing him to often hit his sister

So unless i find something that’s going to keep them both on a high  i’m in  trouble. So here’s my plan! Butlins! A three or four day holiday at butlins. Me the children and they dad went a few years back and they seemed to really enjoy it even through at the time they were both sick and vomiting everywhere we went. So after speaking to hubby we have decided to check some prices out on the net and arrange a trip some time in the week:)

So if we can get Butlins for a good price then that’s us sorted for a few days of the half term. Februaryis never a great time for money as everybody knows:( Just having had Christmas and Alice’s birthday doesn’t help. There are some fantastic sites that let you know all the top events that are taking place in your area. I have often searched Google for free events for kids taking place in the half term. There seems to be alot of play groups that offering trips to the zoo, coast and other places. Sadly these never seem to be a option for us as G doesn’t like the idea of attending events and groups like those on offer. Alice seems to follow her brother on this on.

If anybody knows of some great places and ways to entertain the children this half term then why not share them with other parents that are a little stuck this half term.

Will let you all know if we go on our trip. And will post some pictures:)

LAPTOP FOR G

12 Feb

Little man is over the moon as daddy got him his very own laptop for his bedroom. His used laptops and pc’s before but his never had his own.

I’m hoping he will learn alot  from using a laptop through we have to be careful as his a little to clever at times. His been searching the net for pictures of buses today. His already printed them out and added them to his safe box. He loves seeing the different buses from around the world’ His forever calling me to come and have a look.

We also got him mobile broadband on pay as you go. He knows that getting up early and getting to school on time is a must if he wants his pocket money in order to top up and use the net. He seems pretty keen but for how long  i don’t  know . If it works well i will let you all know.  Alice also got a treat from daddy:) she got a lovely little Sony hand held DVDplayer’ it’s so cute. She loves to get away from  stuff now and then (frighting with G) and she loves everything puppy dog  so she got some film’s that were full of  cute little doggies. So that’s the kids happy.

But I’m pleased to inform you all about my new toy:):) BIG SMILES. I got a new Macbook air. So I’m going to be doing some fab photo editing and new blog features so watch this space.

Monday finds week 2

27 Jan

Wow what a week!
Found some interesting and exciting stuff that I was bursting to share with

Model me kids social skills videos…
DVD sets designed to help your child with there social skills. This has been done by modeling peer behaviour in different areas of there life. Great teaching tools for your kids.
Click the link (yellow box) in the sidebar to get yours or read some of the latest reviews on these dvds.

Ringsurf.com
Join a ring or create your own. I joined the Pdd and Aspergers ring and autism support ring:) links located in sidebar.

Aspergerhelp.net
This site has been created by a mother of a child with ASD. It’s a centre for likeminded people seeking answers,sharing knowledge and understanding and more. It deals with several disorders on the sectrum. http://aspergerhelp.net

Aspergers world
Another social network hosted by ning.com. Aimed at people with Aspergers and there families. Chat, blog, forum, profile page and more.
http://aspergersworld.ning.com

Zazzle
My star find of the week:)
Looking forward to becoming a part of it all. At Zazzle you can shop or even better design with your own artwork autism related products. Open up your own gallery and then sell them. Best of all it won’t cost you a penny’ it’s free free free:) www.zazzle.co.uk

If links on post don’t work you can find them located in my sidebar listed under Monday finds

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