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!”

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”

A New Place To Sleep

I hear a sound through the darkness. It is quiet at first, then the noise gets a bit louder. I lie still as a rock, not wanting to give away my awake status to the occupant sharing my slumber zone.If I just stay still and pretend I am in some sort of deep sleep –Continue reading “A New Place To Sleep”

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!”

Erase the Word!

I remember sitting on a hard chair, going through the motions, listening to the analysis of my son – the reports and information which had been collated on him. We spoke about his delayed speech, his lack of interaction and his low levels of engagement. It was hard dissecting every level of my child. DocumentingContinue reading “Erase the Word!”

Bail Me Out!

I was put in jail today. Let me start at the beginning… It didn’t go well from the very beginning, as I helped Rhys into the car for our weekly shopping trip. “Here’s the shopping list” I said, handing him his list of pictures in the same way I do every week. But he hadContinue reading “Bail Me Out!”

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!”

A Mucus Worth a Second Look!

“He’s been sick!” came a scream from the hallway, “OMG! Come help it is everywhere!” I jump up and run out of the lounge where I am greeted with my husband and a headless Rhys.“It’s all over his hoody, help me get it off!” The top has got wedged on Rhys’ head, the hood partContinue reading “A Mucus Worth a Second Look!”

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?”