This picture (below) is a throwback to just over 15 years ago, when Penguin was still bobbing about inside of me, getting ready to make his grand entrance, and change our lives forever – as I’m sure most children do for their parents. My knowledge of autism back then was almost non-existent (and mostly based … More Just A Mum, Writing About Autism…
This week, there has been a lot of discussion online about a recent study which recently published its results, and which got quite a lot of exposure in mainstream media. The published research article can currently be found here: Effect of Preemptive Intervention on Developmental Outcomes Among Infants Showing Early Signs of Autism. The newspaper … More Are ‘Autism Therapies’ Always A Bad Thing?
Disclosure: This post is about a book that we’ve been gifted a copy of, for the purpose of this review. What I share below are my own honest thoughts about the book, and our experience of the activities we’ve tried so far. Last week saw the release of a fab new book called ‘100 ways … More Book Review + Giveaway: ‘100 Ways Your Child Can Learn Through Play’
I’m not usually one for posting selfies. But this week I’ve managed TWO of them in our instagram stories, of which one was this image, where my hair is ‘enhanced’ by the branches of a tree behind me… I didn’t realise that while I was taking the picture. Oh well! Anyway, I posted that picture … More 7 Questions About Us, Answered
[If you’d prefer listening to a recording of me reading this post, rather than reading it yourself, please scroll down to the end of the post to find two audio files (as I got interrupted, and haven’t yet worked out how to fuse the two files together, sorry).] I regularly come across discussions on social … More Why do I See My Autistic Son As Both Disabled AND Differently Abled?
Last night I wrote a post titled ‘No School?! No Panic…’, about how I don’t think parents should feel any pressure to mimic school or set up super ambitious schedules for learning at home during these times of school closures, social distancing, and isolation. If you haven’t read the post yet, you can find it … More Special Needs Learning At Home: How Can I Help?
The event that I’m going to tell you about in this post happened the other week, but at the time felt too overwhelmed to write about it, and then when I tried I found it tricky to put it into words. I’m not sure I’ll be entirely successful now either, but I’m giving it a … More My nonverbal 12 year old autistic child talked to me about his drawing!
(The post below started it’s life as an instagram post, but social media has such a short shelf life in general, and I feel that these thoughts deserve a somewhat more permanent place. So here it is, ever so slightly edited, as a blog post.) I would have loved to be asleep right now, but … More What If I Fail My Disabled Child…?
I’d like to write a post about why I don’t care about the causes of autism. But I fear that it would probably turn into a Sisyphean task. There are too many thoughts in my head, many of them unfinished, and so much I could say. The words may just come pouring out, jumbled, endlessly … More Why I Don’t Care about the Causes of Autism (…or what if I do?)
This picture of a very tired Penguin was taken last week, on a visit to Standen House and Gardens. He had only had about 4 hours of sleep that night, plus a short nap in the car on our way to Standen. Perhaps we should have changed our plans and stayed at home instead, but … More Knackered (or A Lesson in Self-Care…)