Talking About Autism: Identity and Community

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 →

Our Easter Holidays

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 →

Farts are Funny

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 →

W27: Bikeability/The Room of Heroism

Thomas received his cycling certificate today. Another certificate for the Wall of Fame in the Room of Heroism. Yes, he really calls his bedroom the Room of Heroism. This is a new thing; he invented the name last week after he went to the Dental Hospital. That evening he brought his toys downstairs to award... Continue Reading →

W24: A Matter of Will

At ten years old, Thomas finally learned to ride a bike yesterday. After trying and failing to teach him when he was younger, we left cycling on the back burner. It was another entry of the list of things he wasn't yet ready to do and, with him being our first and only child  (never... Continue Reading →

W20: The Dental Hospital 

Son went to the dental hospital today. He had never been before and he was very anxious that he would be put in an MRI scanner with loud clicks and noises, or have his teeth removed. He doesn't like having to lie in the chair as it is raised and lowered until he is lying... Continue Reading →

W16: Nothing Happened Today

Nothing happened today.  Well, obviously something happened today but nothing worth reporting. My mum came for lunch, Thomas played on his Wii and watched DVDs and the day ticked by. This week has panned out as I expected, with Thomas resolutely sticking to his plan to stay in all week for the joy of not... Continue Reading →

W15: A Healthy Start to the Day

Tom decided that we should have a healthy start to the day today so he put on his DVD of the musical Oliver and had me doing the Dance Along section in the extras. Before breakfast. Three songs' worth. Twice. First there was the dance along bit where we learned the moves, then there was... Continue Reading →

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