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  1. How long would you keep your child off?

    Hi JeanneA sorry you son is not feeling good. If it was me I would go with my 'Mum' feelings . If he needs a bit more time another few days or week off school isn't going to hurt
  2. Getting sleeping sorted out

    whoops see what its doing to me I'm repeating myself now
  3. Getting sleeping sorted out

    Hi Mandapanda thanks for replying again I did ask him how he did so well the other night and was there anything that made a difference but he just said he didnt know and the panic just didnt happen . as for talking to doctors and cahms we have done on several occasions but he is ok while he is talking to them but as soon as we are out of there he says he doesnt trust them and they dont know how he feels, it is such a shame there is no getting through to him. anyway thankyou again for replying much appreciated. biker69
  4. Getting sleeping sorted out

    Hi Mandapanda thanks for replying again I did ask him how he did so well the other night and was there anything that made a difference but he just said he didnt know and the panic just didnt happen . as for talking to doctors and cahms we have done on several occasions but he is ok while he is talking to them but as soon as we are out of there he says he doesnt trust them and they dont know how he feels, it is such a shame there is no getting through to him. anyway thankyou again for replying much appreciated. biker69
  5. In search of tinsel...

    Hi Mandapanda the things we do eh, to make them happy bet he was pleased with your efforts. bit of a coincidence about the lady in the chemists son having AS. biker69
  6. Getting sleeping sorted out

    Hi Mandapanda thanks for the suggestions the trouble is he is very reluctant to try anything which is quite frustrating, I have explained to him about panic attacks and tried to get him to practice breathing techniques but he just says that nothing will work . on a good note last night we had a whole night of no panics and sleep from 1.30 am till morning . biker69
  7. Getting sleeping sorted out

    Hi Mandapanda really pleased for you . wish we could get things sorted here we are still awake all night long along with awful panic attacks
  8. Getting sleeping sorted out

    Hi jlogan1 since we took our son out of school we have had no help whatsoever but it is still a better situation than him being at school and not getting any help there, all we ever got then was a very sad boy and useless teachers and 'professionals' promising all sorts and giving nothing . Has your daughter got a SEN and what diagnosis are you expecting because what we found out later was if there is an SEN in place and they are on the Autistic spectrum it is possible to access Autism outreach even if you Home educate, and as far as I know you could get a tutor sent to your home, it is worth trying to find more out about this. Please don't hold me to this it is only what I have been told and it seems like everything else you have to make a lot of noise to get it. As for getting them to do any work we find this very difficult and like your daughter our son is more happy to work at strange times of the night which is ok if you are able to do that. We don't work on a school style of learning we work mainly on life skills and stuff that he is interested in We do get visits off the LEA man but you don't have to, I don't mind this and he is a nice bloke and gives us advice which we can take or leave. Anyway good luck
  9. Getting sleeping sorted out

    Hi Mandapanda hows your son getting on now, is he happier now he knows that you are taking him out of school completly? We took our boy out three years ago and we are all happy that we decided to and have had no regrets, it hasn't solved everything he is still having major panic attacks nightly he still has a lot of emotional damage caused by he's experiences at school so what he would have been like if we hadn't took him I hate to think. anyway good luck with your decision biker69
  10. Getting sleeping sorted out

    oh dear Mandapanda thats a shame it doesn't take much to disrupt the sleep pattern again does it. My son is still not sleeping and he had a sore throat the other night so of course that meant even later to get to sleep. you never know your boy might get back into the good routine when he is feeling better biker69
  11. Getting sleeping sorted out

    Hi Mandapanda that is some reading, good luck with the next book. our son sleeps in till about 11 ish as well but it doesn't make any difference if he gets up early he still doesn't sleep, we had a night last night of no sleep till 6.30 am so hoping tonight he might be a bit more tired. whatever you and your son have done to work it out we could do with the same here, oh well here goes another sleepless night biker69
  12. Getting sleeping sorted out

    Hi Mandapanda sorry I didn't reply before. We went to a place in Ravenshead Nottinghamshire called Elizabeth Newson centre. Hows your son sleeping now, still good? biker69
  13. Getting sleeping sorted out

    Hi jlogan1 I only just read your post. sounds like we are all going through the same sort of thing not very good for any of us but it's nice to not feel like you are not the only people awake at some ridiculous hour and feeling a bit of a failure there are so many experts who have such simple solutions if only they were there at the time when we are all going through these problems . we have seen so many experts and they never seem to understand what is going on you would think that considering they have spent years training to do their job they would actually have an understanding of our childrens problems and not just scratch there heads and look at us parents gone out and make us feel it's our fault we spent 6 years listening to the schools and ed phsycologists opinions on what would be best for our son until we all had had enough and took him out of school at least that took one big pressure off him. so ypu should definately listen to yourself on what is best for your daughter. does she feel tired at night and is just reluctant to sleep or has she got sleep issues, as I said in reply to Mandapanda I think our son has a sleep phobia because he can be absolutley shattered but still won't sleep until at least 3.00 am and thats a good night. why doesn't she like to go out daytime, the reason I ask is because our son hates to go out especialy where we live he is not so bad if we are at his grandparents. we have have also been today to a private diagnosis centre to try and get him a definate diagnosis because the NHS seem so reluctant to put down on paper what the issues are. anyway hope things work out for you both
  14. Getting sleeping sorted out

    Hi Mandapanda well done you two! is he still doing well? I have got to say you could be describing my son. he has always had sleep problems but instead of getting better his sleep pattern is getting worse, we don't sleep til about 3.00 am earliest he has anxiety problems which result in nightly panic attacks and i do think it is sleep worries/tiredness that is causing some of these panics but what to do is a different matter. we also took him out of school three years ago which as you say takes the pressure off of them and a decision we don't regret because although he still suffers awful with anxiety he doesn't have to put up with daily pressure from schooling, anyway with the time he sleeps now we wouldn't make it to school in time . anyway just wanted to say well done to you both hope it keeps going well
  15. Repeated Music Playing

    Hi Mumble My son does this everynight watching the same episodes of Spongebob Squarepants biker69
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