We Are All A Little Autistic!

“We are all on the spectrum”“We are all a little autistic”“I get scared in strange places too”“I am not really a social person” I have so much to say when I hear those words. I have so much to share and explain. I have so much awareness to raise on a condition that is partContinue reading “We Are All A Little Autistic!”

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”

Change Your Question!

Three years ago there was one question I asked every person I met, every professional and every support group. It is a question I now get asked all the time, and a question which I see asked on support groups every week. That question is “When did your child start to talk?” The answers areContinue reading “Change Your Question!”

A Tribe Worth Belonging

Lonely That’s I how I felt! It was the feeling of being left behind. The feeling of everyone else being part of a crowd that I did not belong to and could not belong to. We didn’t have the criteria to go along with the crowd. The crowd whose children were running around together, beingContinue reading “A Tribe Worth Belonging”

Spinning to Success!

At Rhys’ three year developmental check, the health visitor sat with an assortment of toys and papers in front of her.“Rhys, can you stack the blocks?” she asked, placing three inch square blocks in front of him. Rhys paid no attention to the lady and casually placed one block on top of the next withContinue reading “Spinning to Success!”

Can We Let It Go?

In 2013, the epic film telling us all to just ‘Let It Go’ hit our screens, with crazy round bellied snow men and reindeer with strange impressions crunching carrots. Little girls ran down hallways in snowflake encrusted gowns, trains of material temping the naughty foot to entice an unfortunate trip up. For those without kids,Continue reading “Can We Let It Go?”

The Communication Pyramid

The one question that parents, with non-verbal children, always ask other parents is, “When did your child start to talk?” I asked this question hundreds of times, to parents in my social circle, to professionals and in user community forums. Each time, I got a range of answers:“Lots of children have speach delays”“His older brotherContinue reading “The Communication Pyramid”

10 Ways I Got My Son To Communicate

When everyone’s children are conversing and talking in sentences, it is extremely disheartening to watch your child sit silent and not utter a sound. I have been in the situation of my son not talking. Not saying his first word until he was four, a developmental milestone that other children make at around a yearContinue reading “10 Ways I Got My Son To Communicate”

Counting to Speak

When your child doesn’t speak, all you dream of is to hear their voice. To listen to what they have to say. To have them answer a question you so desperately want to ask. When Rhys was three he had ten words. Those words were one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine andContinue reading “Counting to Speak”

Makaton: Good Morning

The pain and illness that has consumed our house for the last forty-eight hours has passed. After a good night’s sleep, I stretch my arms upwards and breathe in the new day. I pick up my phone and focus on a new goal. At Rhys’ annual review a few days ago, we discussed the useContinue reading “Makaton: Good Morning”