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!”

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?”

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”

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”

‘Twas the Night Before a Different Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the housea creature was stirring, a lot louder than a mouse.The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,But instantly pulled down, cause they don’t belong there! Other’s children were nestled, all snug in their bed,while mine had numbers and overload consuming his head.And Mama was tiredContinue reading “‘Twas the Night Before a Different Christmas”

A Funny Face!

Autism is … … your child never naturally engaging or joining in. It is when you try everything to get them involved, but realise you need to set your expectations lower. Set them at basement level, because then, the only way is up! “Let’s do face painting” shouts my little girl, bringing me a oldContinue reading “A Funny Face!”

Cut the Plug!

In the 90s me and my sister watched a lot of telly. To the point my father rummaged in his toolbox and with a pair of electrical cutters, cut off the plug. It definitely stopped our television obsession, for a couple of days at least. But all children learn from their parents actions, and weContinue reading “Cut the Plug!”

A Song and Dance with Santa!

We stand in a large room, the Christmas tunes are ringing out of a speaker in the corner. Rhys was happy to enter the building, and seems calm, but still clutches his ears with his hands, slightly anxious. Santa visits are never on the agenda for our little boy. The lights and loud jingles, followedContinue reading “A Song and Dance with Santa!”