Our SN area is not a substitute for expert advice. While many Mumsnetters have a specialist knowledge of special needs, if they post here they are posting as members, not experts. There are, however, lots of organisations that can help - some suggestions are listed here. If you've come across an organisation that you've found helpful, please tell us. Go to Special needs chat, Parents with disabilities, SN teens, SN legal, SN education, SN recommendations.

Organised Mum calenders

(15 Posts)
bochead Fri 07-Dec-12 10:10:49

As a teen and when I was going thru Uni my Mum used to purchase an A1 academic wallplanner for my bedroom wall from her school & a pack of cheap multi-coloured felt tips for me every year. They do them nowadays in whiteboard format so you don't have to get a new one every year & can make changes easily. Pound shops sell different coloured white board markers too. Brilliant inventions for anyone who is terminally scatty like me, as they are big enough to be sufficiently "in your face" to prevent you forgetting to take critical coursework into school on the right date etc.

While on the same topic amazon do very reasonably priced A2 & A1 plain whiteboards. We have 2 and they get used for everything from doing written homework on (DS's dyspraxia means writing vertically is often easier than writing with paper & pencil, and I photograph it to hand in) to doing impromptu social story type cartoons. We have one upstairs in his room & one on the living room wall. DS adores his plain white board and for just £15 or so, I think they are a great addition to the Xmas gift list. (We tried blackboard paint on the stair cupboard door when he was a pre-schooler, but the whiteboards are much more convenient now he's a little older.)

starfishmummy Fri 07-Dec-12 08:47:20

Star - i have one of those, its great.
(i haven't tried Bluetooth yet, just use it with my camera)

StarOfLightMcKings3 Fri 07-Dec-12 07:18:59

When they are offer, you need to also get one of these. you can Bluetooth a pic from you phone and it prints a photo just the right size for that calendar to record events.

troutsprout Fri 07-Dec-12 03:43:08

Ds has one of those cheap student year planner posters with the holidays/ birthdays/ events all blocked in. Those calendars look lovely for me but he needs a bigger outlook ( ie school year... not not just a month)

coff33andmintspies Fri 07-Dec-12 00:05:15

Thanks for the Links! I was on amazon and kept going back to that one but it was in pink and I am not a pinky person lol

It does look good. Will have a look at the children's one too in a sec as DD is 11 and just started senior but she is as scatty as they come and is having a tough time of it lately with so much to remember. She has a school diary but that isn't in your face enough for her.

bochead Thu 06-Dec-12 23:40:02

We go for the one with vertical columns as moondog suggested so that DS can easily do a count down to events like holidays, end of term, school trips etc. It's the vertical one that's running low on stock. sad I know there are similar products (cheaper too!) out there but if it ain't broke I ain't gonna fix it.

The stickers give a nice visual cue for non-readers & readers alike (there have been times when I've got sick of making my own aids/writing social stories etc, etc so for me ths product is a lot about convenience as much as anything else lol!)

The more mentally prepped he is for thing like this, the lower the incidence of meltdowns due to unexpected routine changes iyswim.

If you do a search on these calenders and "moondogs clock" idea you'll see just how helpful the main family calender can be for HFA/Aspie kids.

Over the course of the year DS has finally gained a marginal sense of time elapsed using this calendar & a clic loc watch (brilliant for dyspraxics, arthritics etc!). I'm coming year will keep developing this nascent skill. DS just marks off each day before bed every night. His AS 40+ Dad has NO sense of time elapsed and I cannot describe how irritating it is.

For me, I would have lost track of all DS's & my siblings appointments without the darn thing this summer - being dyslexic I NEED help remembering all these appts! Ours hangs in the hall by the front door so I can easily see any important appts every morning. A scatty Mum and an ASD son can be a VERY bad morning combo without a little help wink

This year I've ordered a children's calender too, to try and get him to start organising his own life a little bit. It's an experiment, & I suspect may be too ambitious, but you gotta try right? I can see this or one of the diaries perhaps being a godsend at for teens/adults though?

coff33pot Thu 06-Dec-12 23:13:57

I have no idea either zzzzz just looking at a huge page of them now lol

moondog Thu 06-Dec-12 23:12:56
moondog Thu 06-Dec-12 23:12:35

This is the business

[[ And get these extra stickers to go with it http://organised-mum.co.uk/Accessories-p-1-c-6.html]]

zzzzz Thu 06-Dec-12 22:55:05

Oh lord which one!??

zzzzz Thu 06-Dec-12 22:54:00

Ok you've tempted me....I go to google a new organised life. grin

moondog Thu 06-Dec-12 22:23:30

Oh, any opportunity to comment on the general fabulousness of Organised Mum is too good for me to pass by.
LOVE them and have just ordered my new home planner as well as all of the additional new stickers they have.
I will henceforth be free from the hell that is brown/green wheelie bin confusion as they have a set for that too!

bigbluebus Thu 06-Dec-12 22:22:17

I have the Mum's Family Calendar by Sandra Boynton - which is similar I think. I have used it for many years. It is a 17 month school year calendar, so great for starting in Sept with all DDs appts for the follwing year.
Couldn't live without it now ....... still trying to train DH to use it though. He has finally mastered writing things in his column, just forgets to check what is in other peoples colums which might affect what he can do on any given day!!!!
Should come with a training guide for DH/DP's!!!!

StarOfLightMcKings3 Thu 06-Dec-12 22:16:59

Have one. We love it. Kids love it. Stickers end up scattered around the house and eaten by baby though.

bochead Thu 06-Dec-12 22:08:39

This companies products have been a godsend for us. Stocks are running low though the family calender though so get your 2013 order in quick if you are as dependent on them for Monday morning calm as I am lol.

(no connection with the company whatsoever, just the proud owner of a kid who abhores unexpected change and has zero personal organisational skills or natural sense of time elapsed).

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now