My Family Survived 3 Allegations of FII

It was recently brought to my attention that the first FII Awareness Week was launchingand I remember instantly feeling relieved that public awareness is being brought to this very serious, common and hidden issue. Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) is the term used for when a parent or caregiver of someone, most commonly a child, […]

FII CASES – My Personal Experience in the Family Courts

Despite the expectation that Family Court should be ‘inquisitorial’ – with an expert agreed by all parties and acting for the Court, the system is often experienced as adversarial, and for me that has meant presenting as an expert witness has been in some cases a truly unpleasant experience. When I am instructed in Family […]

Our Mission – FII AWARENESS WEEK 2022

During the first week in May we are holding the world’s first ever FII Awareness Week. FII is the abbreviated term for ‘Fabricated or Induced Illness’ which is a term given to parents by professionals when they believe that they are ‘making up’ or ‘exaggerating’ their child’s difficulties; often with no formal evidence. The term […]

Chrissa’s Exercise Challenge for April!

Our founder, Chrissa, has been in training for 6 months in preparation for her exercise challenge in April… All in the name of SEND! Hello, I’m Chrissa. You may have seen me on the busy Sunshine Support facebook page or perhaps delivering a webinar or workshops; I am the founder of Sunshine Support and I […]

We’re helping Bridge the Gap to greater support

We are teaming up with leading children’s mental health organisation, Bridge the Gap, to reach more children and young people in need of emotional wellbeing support. TWO organisations that support families with children who have special educational needs or mental health issues are joining forces to allow them to reach more families in crisis. Bridge […]

Autism or the Effects of Covid?

Autism or the Effects of COVID? How we are misunderstanding the impact of the pandemic on our younger children. We are seeing more enquiries about suspected Autism in young children than ever before. Could it be that we are understanding the presentation better or are we underestimating the effect of the pandemic on our children? […]

What is a Specific Learning Difficulty?

There are so many terms used these days, it all gets a little bit confusing. I wouldn’t know where to begin with half of them but as a person with AD(H)D I know a fair amount about SpLDs (Specific Learning Difficulties as AD(H)D is classed as one. Having a SpLD may seem like just another […]

My Local Authority Ruined My Life

5 Long Years… Finally, following 5 long years of asking for help from school, and not knowing what was going wrong for our daughter, we met someone who was an expert in the field of SEND and he recommended a fantastic clinical diagnostic team who would go on to assess our daughter to get to […]

5 Positives of Dyslexia, that often go unsaid!

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty or disability, that is the clinical/diagnostic definition at least. The condition certainly comes with some learning challenges or differences, but there are positives that often go unappreciated… 1. A Deep Connection to Empathy There are two leading theories that explore why high levels of empathy are common in those with […]