My Boy Number Two & Me2020-04-09T15:56:24+00:00

Boy #2 & Me

A discussion of parenting a child with additional needs and disability, my thoughts and feelings from the perspective of being a parent and a professional in the area of special needs.

by Dr Amanda Hull, Educational Psychologist

Convoi Exceptionale

Convoi Exceptionale A quick and absolutely non-exhaustive list…making meals, food shopping, school run, school letters, clothes shopping, paying club fees, parent rota, swimming kits, housework, form filling, bank and bill organising, role playing, play date organising, homework coordination, bedtime routines, going to work, doing well at work, brushing your hair, [...]

By |July 29th, 2020|Categories: Special needs|0 Comments


Bouncebackability Being able to bounce back and recover from events and things that happen to you is a really valuable skill to have.  This is something called resilience.  Resilience is something that is talked about a great deal, especially when thinking about working with young people and in the [...]

By |October 18th, 2018|Categories: Special needs|1 Comment

Identity and Community

Identity & Community One of my favourite theories in psychology is Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. In this theory, Maslow explains that certain aspects of life should be satisfactorily met before the next level of need can be fully met. Basically, you need your physiological needs met before your safety needs, [...]

By |April 13th, 2018|Categories: Special needs|1 Comment

The Great Stuff

The Great Stuff Woman, Mother, Business Owner, Educational Psychologist, Wife, Daughter, School Governor, Trainer, Friend, Book Clubber, Crossfitter, Snowy Owl are amongst the labels I have and would describe myself as in different scenarios and situations. These all describe me, but none of them define me. They all cross over [...]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Special needs|5 Comments

The Storm Before The Calm

The storm before the calm Behaviour is something that I get asked about an awful lot in my job as an educational psychologist. Mostly people are asking for strategies to help cope with or manage a child's behaviours. My response is always this…behaviour is a form of communication. The child [...]

By |June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Special needs|0 Comments

Accidental Offence

Accidental offence I guess everyone has accidentally offended someone in their lifetime at some point.  Some to a greater degree than others, perhaps by asking when a baby is due, to then be informed that she is not even pregnant...or being judgemental about a particular TV programme, to discover that [...]

By |February 9th, 2017|Categories: Special needs|0 Comments

The road to diagnosis

The road to diagnosis If ever I was tempted to be superstitious, 2013 certainly seemed to be a year that lived up to its number for a whole host of reasons. Gloom is not typically my life outlook, but lots of challenging life events did occur in 2013, of which [...]

By |November 10th, 2016|Categories: Special needs|1 Comment

‘A child like that’

'A child like that' How much do you earn? What do you weigh? I could go on with even more of these kind of personal questions that are not appropriate for strangers to ask, and being asked them by a stranger is not something that happens on a regular basis [...]

By |September 12th, 2016|Categories: Special needs|5 Comments


Shoes One of the main difficulties that boy number two has that is associated with his condition is linked to his communication. Whilst he understands a good deal of what is said to him (we can tell this by his responses and reactions), his communication can be limited. He is [...]

By |September 1st, 2016|Categories: Special needs|0 Comments

Acceptance 2

Acceptance 2 The dangerous game of thinking ahead. When you have a new life in your home, that is seemingly heathy and doing all of the things a little baby is meant to be doing the mind wanders. I am sure that I am not alone in having thoughts and [...]

By |August 14th, 2016|Categories: Special needs|0 Comments

Acceptance 1

Acceptance 1 As I mentioned previously, boy number two has a physical disability and this effects him episodically. On some days he finds walking impossible and on many days he gets fatigued very quickly so is again unable to walk much. There are also times when he has no concept [...]

By |July 28th, 2016|Categories: Special needs|0 Comments

Introducing boy number two and me

Introducing boy number two and me Is it self indulgent to be reflecting on my experiences when actually it is about him and his experiences?? I feel it's better to be a reflective rather than reactive parent, so I guess it's ok…. So here goes, this is me- a mum [...]

By |July 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments