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Living the Bigger Life

Having this boy by my side at work as a therapy dog, and at play as my family’s four-legged best friend, brings so much fun, companionship, and unconditional love. This past week with my son being sick, I have watched how Woody (known as ‘Doggo’ to my eldest) intuitively knows when and how to comfort,...

Holistic Reviews 

BY SUSANNA PINKUS Often when I meet a new family, there is real confusion about what is going on for their child and how to help. Whilst I carefully note existing explanations for the situation, I very much consider the situation with fresh eyes, making no assumptions about what is or is not going on....

Preparing for Assessments

BY SUSANNA PINKUS The thought of meeting new adults for assessments can be a daunting prospect. But for youngsters who have social communication differences or experience social anxiety, meeting new people in unfamiliar settings may be exceptionally nerve-wracking. Yet there is much we can do to ease anxieties around the process, and to promote an...

Discovering Dyspraxia in my Forties

BY ANONYMOUS Discovering I was dyspraxic in my 40s was a wonderful liberation.  At first, I felt a little deflated but quickly that passed as I began to learn how being dyspraxic means I have great strengths, while also explaining the things I struggle with. I had always joked that when God made me, he...

Seven Truths

To many of the young people I see:  1.     When you are thinking outside the box, it makes sense that you will not fit neatly into the boxes that exist. 2.     Although this may not always feel easy when you are younger, and fitting in may feel so important, this difference in thinking will in fact, turn...

Masking Matters

BY SUSANNA PINKUS Although they were some time ago now, the lockdowns were a very challenging time for many. But for some of the youngsters I see, and particularly the girls, for the first time in their lives, they seemed to experience a different way to live and learn. A way where they could separate...

At 50

Lately, conversations with friends have taken a different and unexpected turn. It seemed like not so long ago that we were talking about boyfriends, PhDs, babies, and the next big work plans. But now there is often talk of the next move being scaling back and even retirement (who knew?!). But I’m just not in that space....

Where it began

Returning to Clare, as we do most summers, always feels deeply special. And although yesterday much of the College was under renovation, and the weather wasn’t as glorious as normal, it was still good to be back. Cambridge is always where I feel most myself and at home. And it is no exaggeration to say...

National Sibling Day

Whilst these words were uttered in ‘Downton Abbey’, rather than in real life, there is such poignancy to them. For the truth is that our siblings may be our longest companions in life. As our first friends and often first rivals, sibling bonds can be full of love yet complicated too. This is something I...