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When Rhys was diagnosed with Autism, I became more and more lonely. I was thrown into a a new world with new rules, and no one to turn to. As my son sat disconnected from the world, my friends children would be running around together, talking and engaging. I was lost with no idea where to turn or what to do. I started to learn what autism was and how it would affect Rhys. Every challenge I battled through, with all the research and information I consumed, I struggled. I had to get it out and relive myself from the weight it bore down on me.

A & Me was born.

I write about our family, our lives, our challenges. I want to share what I have learnt to help other parents and carers who are living through it too. A & Me is not just a blog for people directly affected by autism, it is a blog for everyone. I want everyone to read it and realise that autism is not something that happens behind closed doors, it is part of our world. Our family is just the same as everyone else. It has its challenges and most importantly its laughter. We are all different. Not one of us is the same.



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Worry vs Wonder

The tears ran down my face. They came from a place of hurt and stress and uncertainty. The result of the feeling of nothingness. A sense of loss. The loss of the life I thought I was going to have. A vision where me, my husband and three kids, would go on crazy day tripsContinue reading “Worry vs Wonder”

When Simple is Hard

“You get the coats, boots and hats ready, and I will do the toilet trips” I said. It was the standard pre-walk preparation we executed every week. As we all bustled in the small cramped hallway at the bottom of the stairs, with coats consuming arms and hats bobbing up and down as the pompomsContinue reading “When Simple is Hard”

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Below are the strategies I have tried and tested. Each strategy gives an overview, steps to implement, and how to adapt it going forward.

Ready Steady Go is the best place to start, especially if you are just trying to get that first flicker of eye contact, that you can build on over time. Read More

Choices: The simple method of providing your child choices to either encourage engagement or identify what they want. Read More

An object of reference is any object which is used systematically to represent an item, activity, place, or person. Read_More

First-Then is a strategy to communicate the transition from one activity to another, building up to a string of activities for communicating transition and or schedules. Read More

Backward Chaining is a strategy to help your child achieve a goal. By breaking the task down into small steps, you work backwards from the last step, until your child can carry out the full task independently. Read More

Countdowns can be incorporated with the Ready Steady Go technique, can be used for activities which are distressing like brushing teeth or washing hair. Read More

Schedules: Using pictures to communicate a sequence of events occurring during the day. Read More

A social story is a method of communication with the use of images to describe a given situation or concept. The message is communicated as a story. Read More

PECS: A method to allow communication with images to convey needs, feeling or comment on events. Read More


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Do you have a story you want to share? We would love to hear about your experiences, knowledge, breakthroughs or insight into your world of autism and special needs.

To have a chance at getting your story published, email A&Me at contact@aandme.co.uk including the following details.

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  • Include 4-5 original high resolution photos and at least one landscape photo which are relevant to your post.
  • We will let you know if your story will be published to our site and shared across other social media platforms.
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