My name is Danielle Jata-Hall and I’m a SEND blogger, campaigner and speaker. I’m also a single mum to three lovely girls who certainly keep me on my toes!
My eldest daughter is autistic with a profile called Pathological Demand Avoidance – otherwise known as PDA. She also has ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder added to her original diagnosis. She has had a range of school breakdowns and is currently trying to access some alternative provision from home and out in the community.
Next, there is ‘middle sibling’ who fulfils the role of a young carer and is often the pearl in this family. I’m quite sure there are some emerging needs for my daughter but these are awaiting assessments. She too struggles with emotionally-induced school anxiety and refusal.
Lastly, but definitely not least, is the youngest of our tribe – who we once nicknamed the ‘Boss Baby’ and has now been aptly shortened to Boss. Boss is also showing some signs of having some difficulties of her own, but that’s something I will continue to chart as we move forwards.
So, in a nutshell this is us!
And this blog is our journey together.
My aim in writing this is primarily to keep me sane, I won’t lie! 🤪 I need to channel my energy and focus my thoughts because if I don’t then I find I can easily lose my way.
I also want to help other parents, teachers or care givers.
My mission is that this blog will prevent other children from being misunderstood and to help keep as many families together.
Anxiety is definitely a lonely place.
We are stronger, together.
Thank you for taking the time to read our story.