Sunflower Race Results

We would like to thank everyone who took part in #scarlettssunflower this year!  We’ve had some wonderful photographs taken and sent in from around the country and we would like to announce the Alma and Sophie Dawson as this years winners 🙂 Congratulations and your prize will be on its way to you soon!

The Talking Journey Continued: Tactile Cueing

I first wrote about Ronan’s struggle to speak (at least in any way understandable to the rest of us) when he was just over three in this blog. Ronan will be five in a few months and that journey continues. Ronan now talks a lot, but we still struggle with understanding what he is saying. Unlike with a sighted child in which there is often some shared visual context, Ronan could be talking about almost anything. He might naming the toilet that is flushing in the neighbouring terraced house. He might be talking about the slide we went on during … Read more

Bonding with your blind baby: Little Amber

I do not think we’d be alone in remembering back to those first two years with Ronan and the challenges of trying to figure out what worked for our blind baby. It never seemed to be what was written the books for other babies. While we had lots of smiles, we also had lots of tears that left us wondering what to do as new parents. We gradually built our connection with Ronan through music. We sang and sang and sang some more. We played with music toys and wrote musical stories for him. Indeed, Ronan, now almost five, has … Read more

Get Cycling

We live in a city in which 50% of people commute to work by bicycle at least once a week. Indeed, we rely solely on bicycles to get around. In a city so full of bicycles, we see daily how many shapes, sizes, and configurations they can come in. Some imaginable and some way beyond imaginable. We’ve been thinking for some time about what should be Ronan’s first bicycle. Ronan can spend hours in our front garden climbing up onto the seats of our various bicycles to ring the bells. Our bicycle park is like another child’s jungle gym with … Read more

The frustration of Scarlett’s frustration

In psychology frustration is a common emotional response to opposition. Related to anger, disappointment and annoyance, frustration arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfilment of an individual’s will or goal and is likely to increase when a person’s will or goal is blocked. This half-term holiday has highlighted Scarlett’s frustrations to me and when I explore the meaning of frustration I can see why my little girl has been experiencing some high levels of frustration over the last week. Scarlett is a very strong willed young lady, with limited motivators in Scarlett’s life, she has a very clear picture … Read more

The day I saw my daughter play

Scarlett my beautiful six year old angel of a daughter is blind, she has no useful vision, as she has grown older it has become very clear that she has a variety of very complex needs, she may be on the autism spectrum, she is none verbal and has difficulties around social and communication areas and she is developmentally delayed. Will more things become apparent as she gets older? Perhaps! The complex nature of my daughters disabilities and the cognitive processing issues Scarlett has she outstandingly oozes with personality. Until she came along I didn’t realise the level of communication and connection that can be … Read more

Visit to a birds of prey centre with a child who is blind

  Following on from my previous post which looked at a multi-sensory approach to developing the concept of a bird with a child who is blind and who has additional complex learning needs ‘Explaining the concept of a bird to a child that is blind – All things bird’ I finished off the bird experience with Scarlett with an Easter Holiday day out to Vale Royal Falconry to further explore birds. Prior to going to the centre I made sure I contacted ahead and explained to them what Scarlett’s needs were including her level of vision and her additional needs. … Read more

Explaining the concept of a bird to a child who is blind- ‘All things bird’

With spring finally here and new baby animals being born every day, I thought this would be a good time to work with Scarlett with an animal to help her further understand what a bird is. Last year we visited Nuzzlets therapy farm and that allowed Scarlett to explore a whole plethora of animals, so this spring time I wanted to re-visit the concept animals and go into greater detail with Scarlett about the concept of a bird. So to do this we did a number of activities which centred around birds: Bird sounds Bird songs Bird stories Bird based sensory … Read more

Making a Spring Tree

We have invited spring into our home with an Easter tree! We cut a branch of the prettiest smelling blossom we could find (with permission!), and then made our own base using plastic cups, stones from the garden and tin foil. You can let your imagination run will with your decorations, we brought some good value chicks and eggs from a local craft shop and made good use of our glue gun. The kids made the plans for the decoration but of course a grown-up will need to use the hot glue gun. We plan to add to it with pressed … Read more

Night, Night with Perkins Panda

A goodnight story is ingrained in me as something that a parent does with their child. However, Ronan has resisted any book and would always close the book if one tried to read it. Christmas brought Perkins Panda to our house and that goodnight story to our bedtime routine. Perkins Panda is a series of three books along with a matching stuffed bear (or rather Panda). His nobbly nose can be felt in the first book as well as on the bear. The second book keeps Ronan busy getting him to fill up Perkin’s backpack with accoutrements for a picnic … Read more