Wednesday, 30 July 2014



That boy of ours loves his bubbles, this has been his obsession of choice for about 3/4 years now, I cant quite remember when it started or when it became such a big need, these things tend to develop without you realising. When a child with autism likes something or trys to request a need you tend to over indulge them (I do anyway) you rejoice and find the positive

UNTIL .... it has taken over

Max has a serious need here for blowing bubbles, it is his means to escape, to zone out and be by himself plus it is very sensory. Before the bubbles came it was a big bucket in the garden an stones, Max would spend hours repeating throwing stones into water.

Max takes this 'need' with him, so when we go away we pack the bubble supply! Thankfully we have a local poundland store of which my friends laugh as Max is a regular there, they no him by name and smile at his crazy parents that order bubbles in bulk. Please don't forget here friends that bubbles are seasonal, so come the winter we found ourselves seeking them out in any shop possible

We were like bubble addicts, but then out clever brain kicked in.... we now order a palate full (no joke)

Max uses 2 litres a day on average (£2) he has to have a new pot each time and can not save any, when he is finished he discards it. I worked it out recently and he spends on average £700 a year on bubbles!

Friends say to me 'use washing up liquid' really???? this boy is a bubble connoisseur ...its like a fine wine to him - he knows his stuff!!

Anyway, today Max had waited all day for his bubbles, he is having his dinner between 3pm - 4pm to get there sooner. He has been really good and has manged to get himself down to 1 pot per day, but like I said when hes done, hes done..... Do all children with autism have obsessive patterns? Max always has.

Max is going to be 13 in December this year 
I was thinking foam party (he loves foam too) or 

what are the chances of seeing this guy?? 

Anyway peace & love & all that jazz & bubbles 


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Selfie Sunday

Hi everyone, Reece here. I'm Max's older brother and this is my first post! Mum is teaching me how Blogger works and how to write posts. I'm going to be doing Selfie Sunday, which is pretty challenging since Max doesn't seem to like having pictures taken... you almost need to bribe him to get him to stand still!
Anyway, here's a bit about me. I'm 14, and I am going into year 10 after the holidays. I enjoy anything to do with computers or games, and I am a Walking Dead and Breaking Bad fanatic. I hate excersise, and am probably the only boy in existence that finds football boring... Yep, a boy who doesn't like footy, who would have thought it?

Anyways, I'll be back next sunday for another post! Bye guys :)

Friday, 25 July 2014

Being told to be quiet by strangers

A quick post

Max went on his usual weekly shopping trip where burgers & rolls were on the list! (after poundland for bubble liquid of course)

So, picture the scene - Max and his dad, shopping, Max gets distracted and is standing by the door making his usual vocalisations.

In walks Mrs Member Of The Public 

'Could you keep the noise down there is no need'

Clive hasn't had time to respond

Manager of Store 

'Excuse me can you not see that the young man has special needs'

So, that doesn't happen often!!


pumps fist in the air with glee!!!!!!

Happy Friday all

peace & love and all that jazz

Martina x

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Ripping books & juggling apples....

So.... a pretty ordinary day here

I have had work which means Clives home with the troops, no mean feat jumping from one request to the next. It starts with breakfast orders and seamlessly runs into snacks, drinks, arguments to lunch... you get the picture

Max has been trying really hard to keep himself occupied. However, he thinks he can juggle APPLES!
Why he chooses to do this who knows, he only ever does this on holidays off school! very random
Alongside the juggling is the 'im being silly song' he seems to hum, not really a song but a noise we all associate with mischief!

I did buy him some juggling balls to try and switch from my poor bruised fruits but he chucked them over the fence! (our neighbours get quite a collection over the fence, last night it was my pot of hot chocolate... I can almost hear their dog groan as I'm sure they hope for something more appealing)

Now, onto ripping books. This is quite frustrating as Max has a habit of ordering off Amazon, his most recent & continuing obsession are the Disney Classic Books (discontinued of course!)

When the obsession strikes the impact can be quite hard to manage, with Max especially as he finds waiting hard (we are working on this! i use it as a bartering system now to encourage positive behaviour) that postman just doesnt deliver fast enough

Anyway, after all the effort in buying the books this happens 

I wanted to show you todays antics but Max has deleted the image off my phone! Max gets some kind of thrill from ripping books - he ripped all his little brothers books

What do you do?? do we need to lock the doors? I just dont know sometimes, with his own books i can kind of understand why as he shreds everything insight and leaves the 2 treasured books at that time

But his brothers??? If he goes near Evies room there will be a riot as Evie is an avid reader, i think i would need to leave for the night till it calmed down!!!! 

I would love to hear from anyone that has had the experience with the ripping (the juggling i can live with!!)

Anyway, in all an average kind of day 

If you see any jobs advertised for paper shredders.... give me the nod! 

Martina x 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

So.... who decideds to start a blog day 2 in to the summer holidays???
Thought it would give a real candid account of 4 kids and the huge feat that is juggling and plate spinning - and no i dont mean circus skills !

Max has had a few days ahead of the rest of the gang as his school broke up early, the exaggerated behaviours have started already, I always say the holidays from school kind of unhinge him as he misses the routine

He it trying really hard to manage his time during the day, bubble blowing has been cut in half (by us)  Max is a serial bubble blower, he uses it to block out his environment and calm himself - the only thing is he needs a new litre YES LITRE bottle each time he plays so 2 sessions a day.... you get the picture. Once he has finished his bubble blowing he tends to rid himself of the surplus bubble liquid around the garden / shed / fence as he spins in a circle then the empty bottle generally ends up over a neighbours fence unless he is feeling very helpful where he will dispose in the rubbish bin.

So ..... here we are, first blog post and me trying to work out how blogger functions (bear with me)

Martina x

Taken at the park 22 July 14 
'no bubbles will improvise'