Category: Cross and Ginger

The Final Straw

The Final Straw

By Cross and Ginger Sometimes when we are so embroiled in something, it’s hard to see the wood for the trees.  The journey through suspicion, diagnosis, school, EHCP and attempting to remove the barriers to learning have all taken their toll.  Some days I’ve felt a bit like when I had newborns at home - … Continue reading The Final Straw

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EHCP – Not quite a silver bullet

EHCP – Not quite a silver bullet

By Cross and Ginger So, my child has his EHCP.  I thought at the beginning, that this would be the end of the battle.  If you’re reading this thinking “Er, well surely it is!” sorry to say, it’s actually just getting started. My son’s EHCP was so badly written that we are forced to Tribunal … Continue reading EHCP – Not quite a silver bullet

The case of the misguided SEN Officer.

The case of the misguided SEN Officer.

Cross and Ginger is back with more..... Law is a system of rules that are created and enforced through social or governmental institutions to regulate behaviour.  So says Wikipedia so it must be true right? The rules that cover SEN law are clear, and the governmental institution closest to the heart of them in their … Continue reading The case of the misguided SEN Officer.

The hidden costs of fighting with the LA

The hidden costs of fighting with the LA

I, as a rule, have good skin.  I got a few spots on my forehead as a teenager, and that was it, I was very fortunate.  Now as I type, I have a nasty itchy rash all along both sides of my chin, not unlike beardy snog burn.  I haven’t got this from snogging, sadly. … Continue reading The hidden costs of fighting with the LA

Autism and Minecraft. 

Autism and Minecraft. 

  My husband, a programmer in an arcane computer language (AS400 if you’re interested) was asked to give an example of one of something I’m good at. “She’s relatively computer literate” he said carefully. “Relatively.” Fine praise indeed. As a child I learned simple coding on a wobbly ZX81 which would randomly lose all its … Continue reading Autism and Minecraft. 

Lies and Misinformation #SEN #EHCP #Autism

Lies and Misinformation #SEN #EHCP #Autism

‘Well of course he will never get a Statement, or the new EHCP.  Never.  He has to be working at half his chronological age.” “Well of course the Ed Psych might well say he needs a sensory room, but how on earth can we pay for that?  It’s all very well of him to say … Continue reading Lies and Misinformation #SEN #EHCP #Autism

What I think about at 4am.

What I think about at 4am.

My superpower is being able to get to sleep wherever I am.  Trains, planes, Minions films, I can tell myself to go to sleep and I do.  What I can’t do lately, is stay asleep.  I wake each night around 4am.  And I wake with a jolt, and it is without fail the same thought … Continue reading What I think about at 4am.

Other Parents 

Other Parents 

Another post by Cross and Ginger, back by popular demand... School starts off as a great leveller.  As parents we usually start with our eldest being dropped off, leaving us reeling from how fast time has gone, and wondering will they be ok, will they make friends, will they know how to manage without us. … Continue reading Other Parents 

EHCP – The C isn’t compliance!

EHCP – The C isn’t compliance!

A 'must read' post by Cross and Ginger. Education is a funny thing.  Before I had my children, I thought I knew what education was.  It was very clear to me that it was the acquisition of qualifications via an institution, to equip me for work.  No more, no less.  On that score, I aced … Continue reading EHCP – The C isn’t compliance!