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 →
Change is coming. The prospect of change is beginning to cast a shadow on our family's life: my son is moving up to High School in September. Thomas has high functioning autism so he is generally resistant to change; his primary school and I have spent some time preparing him for this next step. We've talked about it,... Continue Reading →
A very insightful and helpful perspective. My first reblog.
I left Facebook a while ago because I kept getting sucked into the arguments between parents and Autistic people, Autistic people and the anti-VAX movement, and medical professionals and Autistic people. Today I logged back in and was quickly reminded why I left.
The first thing thing that upsets me is that all of these people think they know more about Autism than Autistic people, as if our first hand experiences are of little or no value. This is often parents but can also be medical professionals and organic health nuts (I eat organic but these people are extreme).
Cure culture fanatics telling us we are sick for wanting to stay Autistic – sick for wanting to stay the way we were born. Parents telling us we don’t understand because we are not like their child (some of us WERE at one point and have worked hard to improve as…
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Guess who learned to ride his bike? Yes, that's right. His Lordship himself! He learned not only to pedal forwards but to ride without stabilisers. They put him on a two-wheeled bike from the start and within a few minutes he'd mastered the art of pedalling forwards and balancing and he was away. For a... Continue Reading →
Thomas has cycling proficiency training tomorrow and Friday. Which would be awesome apart from the fact that he can't ride a bike. He never mastered the art of pedalling forwards, he could only pedal backwards. I got back ache so many times manually moving his feet to help him feel what pedalling forward was like... Continue Reading →
I have a theory that autism is being diagnosed in such large numbers these days because society has changed and made being slightly different less acceptable. I believe autism has always been with us but once there was a place for people who were "loners" or "rigid thinkers" and nowadays we ask everyone to confirm to a... Continue Reading →
"Funny stuff is for kids. And clowns." My son has decided he is the Lord of our neighbourhood today. I have to address him as "Your Lordship". I tried to cuddle him earlier and he informed me that cuddles aren't important. He is being important and he doesn't have time for Funny Stuff. "Funny stuff is... Continue Reading →
This is what drove me crazy and made me laugh and shout and cry with frustration and exhaustion in equal measure. This is what made me more tired than I ever thought I could be before I had a child, constantly picking up toys and clearing mess in one room while Tom was busy getting... Continue Reading →
Tom loves all things military. He is also terrible to photograph, always looking in the wrong direction or obscured by somebody else because he likes to hide at the back. The school staff took photographs during last week's trip to London, and as usual there wasn't a good shot of Tom in any of them.... Continue Reading →