Autism, family

Joining the slime craze!

So I’ve been meaning to share this post for 6 months! Maybe longer and thought I had when I realised it’s been sitting here the whole time not sent… so without further ado. How we made slime…..

We decided to make slime. I use to do this years ago and it is so much easier than I thought and most important all the kids had fun.


  • Clear glue (we had “slime glue” but really it’s just plain clear glue)
  • Borax powder (fund in the laundry aisle at the shops)
  • Glitter
  • Water
  • Tubs/ bowls/ spoons to mix in
  • Zip lock bags or resealable containers to store it in.


First I poured out equal amounts of glue into posts. The kids then chose their glitter and mixed it in.

Pour 1 cup warm water into container and add 1-2tsp of borax powder- mix well.

If doing different slime types now is the time to do your extras- we added hand cream for one and shaving cream for another. Mix well.

Add 1 tsp at a time of borax water to the glue mixture and stir. The more you add the harder the slime.

The kids loved this part watching the texture change. Once stirred pick it up and play!

Slime can be an amazing sensory tool for kids Autistic or not. Give them slime and something changes- they feel it, they mould it within their fingers and you can see tension immediately start to melt. Even months after we made this if things were getting intense I would just bring out the packets . I would start playing with it myself and they would immediately be wanting to have a turn, or else after a long progressive meltdown it’s a great way to unwind and settle.

As you can see there are so many ways to play with slime and so many more . Kids will figure it out, mix their own and want to try different concoctions- let them have failures it’s a science lesson in what works and what doesn’t then repeat again and see what does- why does the slime with hand cream feel softer than the slime with shaving cream? You can skip these questions in as well and then your even teaching something! Lol!

I hope you enjoyed my post. I have more to come


What is autsim?

I am not an expert but because I will be talking about autism and my children a lot I want to share a basic definition of Autism with you, and also how to explain Autism to others.

I talk to my kids and their friend said about Autism and keep it simple and find that they get it a lot more than adults. Even now some of our extended family and friends still don’t quite understand. I have another blog post on talking to children about autism.

When talking to kids or people who have no experiance with Autism go slow, keep it normal and remember no one else’s reactions change what you know. That the person who is Autistic in your life is the same awesome person with or without their approval.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex lifelong developmental disability that is neurological [Autism Association Of Western Australia] Autism effects how people communicate and interact with others, and how they perceive the world. Autism is different for everyone, which is why it is called a spectrum.

The term Autism is used to describe a group of closely related disorders which belong to the same diagnostic category and share core symptoms [1]
These characteristics include
• difficulty relating to and communicating with others
• Restricted interests/ relationships and play
• Restricted routines
• Repetitive behaviours (some obvious others not)
• Sensory issues [1,2]
Some people on the Autism spectrum have below average intelligence and others in the typical or above average. This use to be referred to as functioning labels or Aspergers. But doesn’t accurately describe or acknowledge individuals. Autism can also be seen with other medical conditions. It is not exclusive. Eg epilepsy, fragile x, apraxia.

The term spectrum is used because it is different and presents differently for each person. Symptoms can be subtle and not obvious until kindy/school age or even late adolescence and adulthood. Some people live independently and others need extra support. There are shared characteristics but they can present differently in different people.[3]

How is it diagnosed
The diagnosis process. Can take a long time, and can often be very exhausting and stressful on families and individuals.
A multidisciplinary medical team is required to assess and agree for someone to receive an autism diagnosis. For children, This usually starts as a GP referral to a developmental Paediatrician. They then refer on to a psychologist and also a speech therapist who do individual assessments. The team then use the Diagnostic Statistical Manual Of mental disorders (DSM) which has a strict list of signs and symptoms that need to be present for a diagnosis. [2]
There is no such thing as a “bit autistic”.

Why get a diagnosis?
As many families with children who need extra support know, getting any services is hard. Trust your gut. Once a diagnosis of Autism is received you get access to specialist services, Support, and education. The earlier a diagnosis, the better chance of getting appropriate help and support. A diagnosis isn’t a label. It is part of who you are, and as a mum helps give me the knowledge to work with and support my children in the way they need.

I will be sharing more of our family’s s Autism journey as we go, but remember I am not an expert. Talk to your GP, child health nurse and Paediatrician.

The following websites provide amazing information and resources, and were used in this blog. For more resources head to the resource page 
[1] Autism Association Of Australia.
[2] Raising children Network
[3] Autism Awereness.


Birth, Uncategorized

Why I became a Rainbow Of Hope Doula?


When Bailey was stillborn, we recieved very little information from the hospital. They did what they could, but didn’t have resources or the information needed to give to us. We felt very alone and knew nothing of what would happen. We were so very lucky to have amazing drs, midwives and pastoral care support, but still felt alone in the processs.

When I became pregnant with Geoffrey Within 3 mths, I was surrounded in fear. Would my baby die? There was no more innocence in pregnancy. No magic 12 week number. We didn’t announce our pregnancy until after 20 weeks when we couldn’t hide any longer. I wanted to make memories with my baby while I could, bond with him, but was  scared to, incase he died. How do we explain to our girls. Each appointment full of fear and hope that our baby would be ok. Still grieving the little Baby not in our arms. It was a mixture of emotions, turmoil, fear and hope. I wanted him out as soon as possible so he would be ok. I didn’t trust my body anymore. As a mother this is heartbreaking. With an amazing and supportive Paul, my wonderful OB, regular Councelling, and our Doula we went to 34 + weeks of pregnancy when I gave birth. I know that without that support, my journey and birth would have been very different.

I became a doula to support woman and give them hope, show them how to be free from fear, know their options, support their decisions and to be by their side during their journey. I know that Fear is real, but also that Hope defeats fear. I want to share this Hope with woman and their families.

A Rainbow baby is defined as “a baby born following a miscarriage, stillbirth or loss of a child”
In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. “The beauty of a rainbow doesn’t negate the ravages of a storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn’t mean the storm never happened or the family isn’t still dealing with grief. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover, but the rainbow provides a counter balance of colour, energy and Hope ”

When we first see that positive pregnancy test woman are often filled with mixed emotions, and for many fear is one of them, especially after a loss. This needs to change to hope, and Joy, and knowledge that our bodies aren’t broken.

Many woman grow up surrounded by traumatic or pain filled birthing stories. Sometimes it seems the “worse” the story the more they are shared. The media, television and movies all portray birth as scary, painful and unrealistically. Mums waters break, she starts screaming in pain, she starts pushing and within minutes a baby is born. Totally unrealistic and scary. Birth doesn’t have to be this way. Our own experiences can even impact our fears. We have learnt to fear birth, our bodies and the process instead of learning to trust our bodies and working with the sensations.

I believe woman can birth with Hope, without fear and even without pain. Through support, love, hypno-birthing and  using different relaxation and coping techniques as well as arming themselves with knowledge, woman and their support partners can achieve a calm, fearless hope filled birth. Even in situations which change, with support any birth can be full of love and peace and hope instead of Fear.

For more information please contact me