Recently I have become very aware of autism as an identity rather than a disorder. From speaking with autistic people and reading their blogs, taking note of the rejection of person-first terminology ("a person with autism") and the preference for identity-first wording ("an autistic person"); the posts listing "that autistic feeling when..."; the visual stim... Continue Reading →
The school Easter holidays are nearly over and as usual I don't know where the time has gone. We went to the park, we went to town for new school shoes (Tom's only half a size smaller than me now!), we went to the cinema to see The Boss Baby, we went to the dental... Continue Reading →
Today (April 2nd) is World Autism Awareness Day. The entire month of April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism blogs are already awash with articles on the awareness/acceptance argument, the evils of Autism Speaks, the tokenism of one day out of 365 and one month out of twelve for building awareness and the pointlessness of blue light... Continue Reading →
Too important not to share. There is a huge difference between being aware of autism and making autistic people's lives better, making accommodations, allowing them to speak on their own behalf, not trying to force them to behave in a neurotypical/allistic way and shaming them for behaving autistically. Listen to the autistic community, find out... Continue Reading →
via Sesame Street welcomes Julia, a muppet with autism - BBC News Sesame Street has created Julia, a muppet who has autism. It's wonderful that a programme so involved with early years children is raising this issue. Interesting that they've gone with a girl as far fewer girls are diagnosed. However, I've read a number of... Continue Reading →
Parenting an autistic child when you have no previous experience of autism can be confusing, stressful, tiring and lonely as there are few chances to talk to people who understand what this life is like. It drove me to create this blog, so I could share what I have learned and help others who may... Continue Reading →
Thomas is at that stage of life where farts are funny. Doing a fart is funny, the sound of a fart is funny, the smell is funny, Mum's reaction is funny. He has mastered the art of "hand farting" - that thing where you blow a raspberry into your hand and it sounds like a... Continue Reading →
My favourite blogger and author is back after a five month break with a new post. If you haven't visited the site, I'd recommend setting aside an hour and settling down with a cup of tea (and possibly some biscuits). Very funny, tender, affirming and occasionally heart breaking, it's quite a read: My Son's Not Rainman.