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New books on their way: Journey Through Assesment and Food and SEN Children

New Special Needs Books I just got an exciting package through the post today: it’s the advance copies for my new books which come out at the end of the month. Find out more about each book here if you’re feeling impatient – it looks like Amazon has the first one in stock already.
The Journey Through Assessment: Help for Parents with a Special Needs Child

Food and Your Special Needs Child

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Does your child have sleep problems and special needs or a disability?

Does your child with special needs also have sleep issues? I’m looking for parents willing to share their experiences for a new book on sleep I’m writing with Victoria Dawson.

This book covers children aged 2-19 rather than babies.

Get in touch via mail@antoniachitty.co.uk or the contact form, and I’ll send you a few questions to answer. Please share this if you know anyone who might be interested.

Eating and Special Needs

Eating and Special Needs

Children with special needs may have accompanying issues with food and eating.  Antonia Chitty and Victoria Dawson are currently researching this area in order to produce a book for parents to guide them through issues around eating.  As part of the research they are keen to hear from parents who have had difficulties with their child’s eating.  The aim of this book is to provide parents with practical support, warn them of avoidable problems and offer emotional support at what can be a difficult time.  Your co-operation in completing this questionnaire would be very much appreciated.

About Your Child

  • Does your child have a diagnosis?

 

  • What exactly are their eating issues?

 

  • When did the eating issues first begin?

 

  • How are the eating issues managed?

 

  • How has the eating issue affected their lives eg school, social life etc?

 

  • How has the eating issue impacted on your life as a parent?

 

  • Do they have any food allergies if so how do you manage this?

 

 

 

 

Professional Help

 

  • Which professionals have been involved in your child’s case?

 

  • Have you had enough support?

 

Practical Tips for other parents

 

  • How did you find out information about eating issues?

 

 

  • Were you ever in denial about your child’s needs?  If so can you explain how this felt and what made things change?

 

  • What tips can you pass on to help other parents around managing eating issues?

 

 

 

  • What do you wish you’d known about eating issues that you know now?

 

 

If you wish to fill this in anonymously then you do not need to complete the details below.  If however you would like us to keep in touch with you and you do not mind us contacting you for further information, please provide your contact details

 

Name:

 

Email:

 

We would like to use your comments in the book. All responses will be anonymous and names will be changed.  Any information that you provide that is printed will be checked with you first for accuracy via email.  Please indicate below if we can use your comments and experiences to help other parents:

 

Yes, you may use my comments anonymously

No, I don’t want to be quoted.

Children with Special Needs and Food – Your Help Needed

Eating and Special Needs

Children with special needs may have accompanying issues with food and eating.  Antonia Chitty and Victoria Dawson are currently researching this area in order to produce a book for parents to guide them through issues around eating.  As part of the research they are keen to hear from parents who have had difficulties with their child’s eating.  The aim of this book is to provide parents with practical support, warn them of avoidable problems and offer emotional support at what can be a difficult time.  Your co-operation in completing this questionnaire would be very much appreciated. Please email your answers to antonia @ aceinspire.com

About Your Child

  • Does your child have a diagnosis?

 

  • What exactly are their eating issues?

 

  • When did the eating issues first begin?

 

  • How are the eating issues managed?

 

  • How has the eating issue affected their lives eg school, social life etc?

 

  • How has the eating issue impacted on your life as a parent?

 

  • Do they have any food allergies if so how do you manage this?

Professional Help

  • Which professionals have been involved in your child’s case?
  • Have you had enough support?

 

Practical Tips for other parents

  • How did you find out information about eating issues?
  • Were you ever in denial about your child’s needs?  If so can you explain how this felt and what made things change?
  • What tips can you pass on to help other parents around managing eating issues?
  • What do you wish you’d known about eating issues that you know now?

If you wish to fill this in anonymously then you do not need to complete the details below.  If however you would like us to keep in touch with you and you do not mind us contacting you for further information, please provide your contact details

 

Name:

 

Email:

 

We would like to use your comments in the book. All responses will be anonymous and names will be changed.  Any information that you provide that is printed will be checked with you first for accuracy via email.  Please indicate below if we can use your comments and experiences to help other parents:

 

Yes, you may use my comments anonymously

No, I don’t want to be quoted.

Can you help: children with special needs and food

I’ve been asked by one of my publishers to look into the possibilities for a book about food and children with special needs. I want to scope out what this book might cover, and whether this is actually the book that parents of kids with special needs really need, or if there is another area that is more of an issue. So, can you help me by answering a couple of questions:

  1. If your child has special needs, what are the biggest issues for you right now?
  2. And is food/eating an issue? What problems have you experienced, what has helped?

Please write your comments below or use the Family Friendly Working contact form. And if you can pass this on to other parents or share this link on your blog, please do!

Quick Tips for Freelancers: Working with a Young Family

If you want to work as a freelancer and have young children you will need a double dose of dedication to your work, as you will have more obstacles to deal with. Before starting out on a freelancer career, decide what you want out of life and make sure your work fits in with it. Think about how you wil balance client deadlines and sick kids or broken nights. You may find yourself working late into the night after the day has not gone as planned. Small children do not always understand when ‘mummy is working’ or ‘daddy has to get this finished right now’.

I get a big buzz out of my work: I love seeing clients’ news being covered in the media or my books in print, and really enjoy the great variety of work I do. If I didn’t have a passion for it, it would be very hard to stay motivated. In a lot of ways my work is a far more tangible thing than raising children: the visible outcomes are easier to measure, so it makes a nice balance. I found it incredibly hard having 6 months of maternity leave after the birth of my daughter: just thinking about feeds, nappies and baby groups wasn’t enough. With my third child on the way I really value the chance to balance work and family in the way I want.

Antonia Chitty is author of Family Friendly Working(www.familyfriendlyworking.co.uk), A guide to Promoting Your Business (www.prbasics.co.uk) and a number of other parenting and health books. She has a book on earning a living from writing, The Commercial Writing Guide coming out in July 2009. You can find out more about her own freelance writing career at www.antoniachitty.co.uk and her PR business at www.acpr.co.uk

No Regrets Say Parents

A new survey for Family Friendly Working and mumandworking to launch the mumandworking Awards shows that parents are leaving the world of employment despite seeing the family income fall. The survey also shows that parents prize time with the family and flexible hours over job security and the amount they earn when choosing a job.

80% of parents have changed their working pattern since having children. The main reason parent change the way they work is to spend more time with the family. Just over half of parents explained that their priorities have changes, while nearly 3 in 10 found that their work hours didn’t fit the childcare available, and 3 in 20 found that it was financially no longer worth working due to the cost of childcare. Overwhelmingly, parents are happy with the choice they have made. Not one respondent wished they had never resigned, while 4 in 10 say that is has been the best decision they ever made, and nearly 6 in 10 describe the experience as ‘hard at times but worth it’.

Only 43% of parents who responded are now employed with the rest self employed, seeking work, studying or taking a career break. And only 17% are working full time. Director of mumandworking and Practical Parenting Business Parent of the Year 2007/08 Sam Willoughby says, “This shows how traditional employment patterns are no longer normal. The 2010 mumandworking awards which are supported by Sarah Beeny reward and recognise the companies and individuals that make flexible working possible and show that family-friendly employment not only supports family life but give real benefits to the companies involved.”

Changing the way you work after having children has a big financial impact – seven out of 10 families have seen a drop in income and for nearly half of those this reduction is between £10-£40k a year. Three in 10 feel they are financially ‘fine’, while four in 10 are ok most of the time but struggle sometimes. Nearly a quarter struggle financially more often than not, with just under one in 10 finding they never have enough money or even have serious debt problems.

Money is not the top priority for parents, however. When asked to list their top three priorities, time with the family came out first for a massive 17 out of 20 parents, while flexible hours were a priority for three in four. Seven in twenty prioritised how much they earn and three in ten prioritised job security. Career progression was a priority for just one in 10. Director of Family Friendly Working and Inspirational Mumpreneur of the Year 2009 Antonia Chitty says, “Employers need to take this message on board to attract and retain employees. I’m pleased to support the 2010 mumandworking awards that recognise outstanding companies and individuals who are committed to flexible and family friendly work.”

To enter the awards or nominate someone go to www.Mumandworking.co.uk. Nominations are open now and there are a range of exciting prizes for the winners.

Win Facepaints – Mystery Shopping Job – Case Study of Business Mum Needed

There’s lots going on at Family Friendly Working. You have just one more day to enter a competition to win some Snazaroo face paints. I have got news of an opportunity to sign up as a mystery shopper. There’s news including a report on why becoming a mum cuts your income and how being a working mum won’t harm your child. And I’m now looking for business mums and dads to feature in Family Friendly Working in December. Ideally your business will have some sort of seasonal theme. Email antonia@familyfriendlyworking.co.uk to find out more.