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The joy of jigsaws – 5 great benefits

With winter now well and truly on it’s way, we’re going to be spending a lot more time indoors. What can you do to keep the kids entertained without the whole day turning into a tech fest? Simple….. Just choose something that’s fun, makes kids think and gives them a tangible reward at the end […]

Dyspraxia Awareness Week

Dyspraxia Awareness Week 12th – 18th October 2014   Organised by the Dyspraxia Foundation this nationwide campaign aims to raise awareness of dyspraxia and this year has a particular focus on the emotional impact the condition has on teenagers and young adults. What is dyspraxia? Sometimes referred to as the ‘clumsy’ syndrome, dyspraxia is a neurological condition that affects coordination […]

Are you getting enough exercise?

Between us this year we have completed a triathlon and a 100k (10 x 10k) challenge. We’re not athletes, gym addicts or super-women. It all started a few years ago when we challenged each other to enter a Race for Life 5k run. It was hard to get started but several months and lots of huffing […]

October Events with TomTag

October events Meet the Orkid Ideas team and see all our TomTag products first-hand. It’s going to be another busy month! Here are some of the events we’ll be attending. If you know of any other suitable events near you, please let us know.   CAMBRIDGE Thu 2nd Oct Autism Network Event & Parent Roadshow The […]

Fine motor skills

Fumbling in my purse for loose change today, I’m reminded how important fine motor skills are for daily life. What are ‘fine motor skills’? Fine motor skills are the small muscle movements in the body. They enable activities such as writing, grasping small objects and fastening clothes. Children who have a weakness in fine motor skills struggle […]

TomTag for all the family

Reading through our recent blog posts you could be forgiven for thinking that TomTag is just for children with special needs. As an avid list-maker and user myself, I know that it can be a useful tool for any member of the family. I find the last few weeks of school a frustrating time. All the good habits my children […]