About This Blog

15578919_220259098420801_423950891296932801_nWelcome to my blog about life as the self-diagnosed/autistic-identifying parent of a clinically diagnosed autistic child. There will be humour, exasperation, confessions, links to information from relevant organisations and some personal development elements. This can be our place to relax, get some inspiration, share some tips and have some fun, and perhaps we’ll make some friends along the way. Hopefully you will enjoy what you see. Thank you for visiting, come back soon!

You can find my first brief blog from 2013 as MumofaSon here: Dancing, Laughing and Wearing Hats

Please Note
This blog is primarily aimed at allistic (non-autistic) parents of autistic children who will most likely have little to no prior experience of autism and who are looking for encouragement, information and support through shared parenting experiences. I am delighted that #actuallyautistic people have found some of my posts relevant and worthy of sharing and I enthusiastically welcome everyone to this blog, autistic and allistic alike.

I love my son, I am raising him to be open and unashamed about his autism, to believe in his right to an equal place in society and to believe he can do anything he sets his mind to. However to give a true, full picture of life with autism, I will occasionally write about the harder, less joyful aspects of being his mother and my feelings about them. It would do both allistic parents and autistic children a disservice to pretend that at times life is not hard and that relationships are not strained. This is not a slight on autism, autistic people or my son. It is life, in all its raw complexity and truth. This blog is not designed to be inspiration porn or solely a piece of fluffy, humorous entertainment but a real and practical resource and I will be increasing the “resource” aspect as time goes on.

If any #actuallyautistic reader would like to contribute with views or information on anything I post about, please feel free to post in the comments or to message me privately on my Facebook page. I am still learning and would welcome your comments. Thank you for joining me here and I hope together we can make the world a little kinder and a little wiser.

Much love.

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  1. Hello I am #actuallyautistic and I admire what you are doing. In your introduction to yourself you mentioned the difficulty finding an appropriate term … not Autistism Spectrum Disorder/Condition and I agree.

    The thing is we only have neurotypical/mainstream vocabulary to use and this does not reflect an understanding of Autism/Aspergers.

    Sometimes I use the word ‘ Disposition” but this too isn’t really adequate.

    Maybe we should just use the words Autistic… and Autism .. without adding anything on… for example we don’t say that ” John has neurotypicality” but we can say ” John is a neurotypical person’ but that is unnecessary… as he is considered /sanctioned to be ” normal” fitting the ‘ norm’ of what we expect from a mainstream person.

    Maybe just saying “Peter is autistic and may require some accomodation regarding….such and such” is enough.

    ” I am autistic and I have some sensory sensitivities regarding noise levels, brightness of light, crowded spaces, feel of fabrics and also texture of certain foods. etc

    This could easily be ” Emily is autistic and has sensory sensitivities to……

    Maybe one day we autistics will find an appropriate word if one is still deemed to be necessary.

    No to Disorder…. Condition is passable… disposition ?????

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    1. Thank you for reading and for your support. 😊 Autism is so individual to each person that it’s really hard to quickly encompass it in a phrase and this is why labels are so handy but also so misleading. You’re quite right, neurotypicality requires no explanation, it just is. Hopefully one day we won’t have to go through a paragraph of explanation when meeting new people but instead autism will be understood implicitly.

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  2. Hi threedeemee,
    Your blog is about to be included on our Actually Autistic Blogs List (anautismobserver.wordpress.com). Please let us know how you want your blog described on that list (anautismobserver.wordpress.com/input-for-actually-autistic-blogs-list/).
    Thank you.
    Judy (An Autism Observer)

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    1. Hello, thank you! I’m glad to help spread awareness and acceptance of autism any way I can.

      You can describe the blog as one woman’s view of autism, parenting and personal development.

      Thank you. 😊

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      1. Is it OK if I describe you as “Mother of Autistic; Dx18+; parenting and personal development” (meaning you were not aware of your autism until adulthood)? We’re trying to keep the descriptions short and informative (and the autism part goes without saying).

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