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Posted: 19/10/2012 at 20:21

hi Lisa,

sorry no personal experience of this drug, but i can see why you're wary.

What (other than suggesting drugs for adhd) are they doing to support your son's learning behaviour? It seems to me that realistic expectations and behaviour management advice for the adults , and strategies for him, from a specialist teacher in aspergers or a psychologist would be good practice. These are important whether or not drugs are prescribed and good practice.

Why have you only got a week to decide? If they are threatening to exclude him the LA should be involved as he is at risk of exclusion and should have a protocol to support him keep/find a suitable placement. Do you have support from your parent partnership service 9LA will have contact details) or local autism group to ask for all the information you need on the drug, all the time you need to make a decision and for other behavioural support for your child in school.

I need your help girls,

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 21:35

... yes, it does depend on her taste and shape really, (might be safer going for a top/ jacket tbh) but seeing as you ask and seeing as i spent too long this afternoon virtual shopping for the very same, pro direct have got a good range in

also sweaty betty flatter most women - but not the cheapest and a bit fussy styling if you don't really like that sort of thing

Parenting a child with additional needs

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 14:39

Hi by 'eck,

I suggest asking if there is a pre school child development service (CDS) locally -  a joint service run by paeds, speech therapy and early years teachers ( and psychologists if you need one) for younger children with higher levels of additional needs. Communication and behaviour are high on their list.  Your paediatrcian or HI teacher (if you you have one? not sure ), or even Health Visitor should know, or try googling your council's family services directory (  not all FSDs are up and running yet).

The CDS would be in a good position to support you in all these areas that you highlight and help you paln for entry into nursery/ school.

good luck

The Jessica Ennis appreciation thread

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 11:10

I just read the report of this in the paper... what an unhelpful comment on just about every level. Not just for Ennis but for the rest of us, and all those young girls who will hopefully see her excelling this summer and get a bit more active and a bit more enthusiasitc about sport as a result.

disappointed by first race - was I unlucky or am I just too slow?

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 19:49

hi Jane, I agree that a bigger race might suit you best if you want to see signs of human life on your run. I'd recommend any of the runliverpool events - have done their half marathon a few times and the size of race, route and support all suit a slower runner. that's not til next spring tho' but i think they do have a 10k in autumn ? The english half marathon is Sept/Oct time and that's in Warrington - another big race with a 3 hour cut off which is about standard. good luck

2012 Cheshire Oaks Chester Half Marathon

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 07:46

Agree with you Rachel that Liverpool more interesting on the eye - that's true of the city full stop, and tbh there are some less scenic bits of bypass we could have been dragged thru' in Chester. Think the hill at the end was a bit of a groan, but the end itself was great. The bitty run thru the indistrial estate at the end of Liverpool HM is pretty uninspiring for me, and the wind direction on the prom ( not a problem this year)can make the last couple of miles hellish. All in all, Chester is a smaller race in a smaller city, but both are great races, well organised and well supported, and I'll be planning to do both again in 2013.

run/walk advice

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 10:32

remember what it's all about Caroline.You need to do whatever feels most enjoyable to you - even if you go back a week or two, or stretch a week over a fortnight. It's not community service, it's supposed to be life-enhancing. Get out and walk / run / skip / cycle/ swim/ join a dance class whatever that gives you a buzz , and gets your heart rate up for an hour or so, change the route, go with a friend, whatever even if that's off plan.

The plan will keep a week/ month whatever, and will be a lot easier when you're fitter and motivated again... 'retching' did you say.!!!well done you for sticking it so far.Do not let the plan make you feel like you've failed. it will have failed you if you end up losing the fitness bug for good

Help please

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 09:38

Hi Aimee,

I'd be tempted to divide yr available WW pro points into 4 meals a day - with the ones before yr run and the one before bed being quite carby ( eg pasta and tuna  salad beforehand and sandwich/ bagel/ pitta  and a low fat yogurt after the run. take a banana and a drink to eat straight after you run if you're hungry before you get home.

You do get extra activity points for running but not that many tbh,and it's easy to over estimate how much extra you can eat so if you really like the idea of a milky drink instead of food then maybe look at one of those slim fast type meal replacement shakes?


From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 13:00

hi Stepahnie,

well done for setting out to reach a healthy BMI and get fit.

IMHO it will be quite a challenge, but I'm sure others have done it - depends on your own tolerance for the training which will be tough, and your goal for getting round the marathon. I think you should listen to yr body as you start to train and don't be afraid to defer that marathon for a half or 10K in the autumn instead, if you feel you need a few months longer to reach the full marathon goal. Overtraining and injury won't help you get fit or lose weight

Good luck

 edit :'reach' not 'each'!

2012 Cheshire Oaks Chester Half Marathon

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 15:46

Yay! that was a great little run wasn't it... really enjoyed it, intersting change of route for, as we live south of the city. Will def be back despite being a bit of a slow time for me on account of me not really training. 

Big thanks to all the marshalls and supporters and to the pupils from Blacon High school who were on the 11 mile water station when I went thru and did themselves proud.

Am absolutely not going to do anything daft like enter the full marathon just 'cos I'm feeling all bouncy now, oh no that would be stupid, really stupid.

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