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About Nichola

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  1. I did BLW with my son, Ben. (herein known as B!) and he was fantastic with it. It was perfect and it is also the way that the SALT at work recommends you do providing the child has no physical difficulties with eating or swallowing. B got offered whatever we were having as a meal, just bits of it and obviously nothing salty. So if we were having a roast he'd have some meat, some potatoes, some veg (when younger long finger shapes are easiest to hold) or if we were having pasta, he'd have that. For breakfast he'd have cereal which sometimes he'd use his spoon with (always been a star with that) or use his hands. He still tries to get away with this now at just 3!). Milk was offered after meal times once he got used to the idea of food. Around that age he loved veg or breadsticks dipped in hummous/other dips, pasta and pesto, anything bolognaise style so spag bol, lasagne, cottage pie. He also loved and still does love his fruit. I've just been talking with a friend and she asked for my savoury muffin recipe that I used a lot when B was little and still do now, so I'll copy this for you on here as I've got it saved in my clipboard! This is the recipie I found and used. Some people were asking me for it so here it is. I edited it slightly as I didn't have everything in that it said. Makes 12 regular or 24 mini muffins 200g broccoli (1 small – med head) 1 1/2 cups plain yoghurt (360 ml) 1/4 cup oil (olive or corn or your choice) 1 large egg 50g cheese (I use a bit more than 50g – prob nearly double the qty) 2 cups self-raising flour (225g) 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup skimmed milk if required. (50 ml) Preheat oven to 200 C or 190 for fan ovens. Put rack just below middle of oven. Cook broccoli (boiled or steamed until tender). Mix yoghurt, oil & egg well together. Add broccoli and crumble cheese. Put mixture in food processor and pulse in short bursts until no large pieces of broccoli left. Try not to puree the broccoli but just chop it finely. (I do it all by hand. I chop the broccoli finely on a chopping board and mix everything by hand, Works equally well!) Put flour & salt in a big bowl and mix together with a fork. Pour in the liquid mixture and begin to fold together. If you think the mixture looks too dry add the extra milk and fold JUST enough to combine. (The key is not to over-mix it – it should look pretty lumpy and unappetizing!) Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray. Using two spoons divide the mixture evenly between the pans. Bake for 12/15 minutes or until golden-brown and centres spring back when pressed. Let the muffins cool in the pans for 2-3 minutes before tipping out.
  2. Recording "minor" complaints from parents

    We have 'day books' in school. I or one of my TAs will write down anything of note that has happened that day. If I have rung a parent (we rarely see them due to kids coming on buses) then there is a record of that. Also any unusual messages thst come in via the home/school books are recorded. With issues we sometimes highlight them so they are easier to find. Some days I will fill a side of a4, other days barely a line. Keeps it all together and is easy to refer back to.
  3. Twittering

    I've started following you. There are lots of great educational folk over on Twitter.
  4. Parent involement

    I would love to go to things that I am invited to by my son's nursery but anything during the day is just a no due to me being a teacher! I can't book the day off. They have done the odd thing at weekends that I've been to like at Christmas when we helped to decorate the nursery.
  5. PECS cards

    Yes, I'm on my mobile so can't write as much as I would like to.
  6. PECS cards

    Just to say don't call them pecs unless you are doing it in the way that the PECS folk train you to. Otherwise this is confusing if they then do use PECS.Otherwise it is just using a symbol timetable or a communication book. I would really suggest that you get proper training if you have someone who you feel could benefit from it.
  7. Happy Birthday FSF community!

    Can't believe it's 10 years ago. You guys have helped me through highs (and extreme lows), seen me get married and now I have my boy. I have had some fab experiences here. Thank you all.
  8. Help! Unsociable habits

    I wish it were as easy as that! My son constantly has his finger up his nose and then in his mouth. I make him wash his hands, wipe his nose etc but it makes no difference. Nursery do the same on the days he goes there I think. He's 2.5 years old. I do love Get Well Soon though. The poo song is my favouite!
  9. Yup! My sessions may look like they are more specific based from the timetable but ultimately when you look at my planning it is the prime areas that are my main focus. For example I may have a session saying 'Understanding the world' but my focus targets will be communication and physical mostly with a few other bits thrown in. I have year one and two as well as reception so have to find a balance that meets what I'm supposed to do for all my special kids.
  10. So ladies, how are we all getting on? I have enjoyed the break but we are back in on Thursday. My topic next half term is supposed to be food. However only 3 of mine can have anything orally, even tastes so I've decided to do a country each week and use the foodof that country as well as the music and dance. I have found a massage story about making pizza so we are starting with Italy and moving on each week to other countries. What do you guys think?
  11. Merry Christmas FSF dudes!

    Merry Christmas everyone!
  12. Sorry, far too far to go and sadly too expensive for me.
  13. Yes sadly most of my class will be still working at birth to 11 as they leave me. I have a class of profoundly disabled children who will probably be working at that level for years to come. As Aunt Sally says, A grieving proccess is still often ongoing in these early years. It's not that I'm having a go at the profile. It's just once again our very special children are not really catered for.
  14. Noone is saying it will be a surprise. It's just not nice to see it over and over again. A constant reminder of how disabled their child is. On our observation sheets we have to put the developmental level on. I changed to sheet slightly so it said B-11 rather than Birth. Parents see these observations throughout the year and get data at annual reviews but we always try and be positive. I just think seeing that your child has not achieved anything in that assessment is hard reading.
  15. Just had a read through and how depressing for a class like mine where they will be emerging in all areas. Do I REALLY have to report this to parents?!