It's one of the questions I get asked a lot : "Is it worth applying? What if they turn me down? What if I say the wrong thing?" Well, the worst 'they' (The DWP) can say is 'No'. So give it a go. DLA (disability living allowance) is there for us to help our children… Continue reading How To: Claim DLA for your child
When you find out your child has a disability, it can be really hard to get your head around it and cope with the diagnosis. This is a poem that was shared with me several years ago and definitely captures what it's like to get a life-changing diagnosis. "Welcome to Holland" By Emily Perl… Continue reading Welcome To Holland
It’s been a little while since the last post and a lot has happened in the meantime. I became quite poorly with an autoimmune condition and had to stop work and studying for a while. We moved house to be closer to friends and family and the boys have started at a new school. So… Continue reading It’s been a while…
If you have a child with SEN (Special Educational Needs), you have probably been told at some point to speak to the SENCo at your school. Who are they and what do they actually do? SENCo stands for 'Special Educational Needs Coordinator'. All mainstream schools have to appoint a SENCo and they make sure that… Continue reading What is a SENCo?
It means you can't leave the house because your child doesn't want to have a change in their routine. It means meltdowns when you try to put them in a short sleeved t-shirt rather than a long-sleeved one. It means taking packed lunches everywhere you go as their diet is so restricted. It means telling… Continue reading Sometimes parenting a child with autism is really hard…
Many children with autism struggle with sensory processing. As shown in a previous article, sensory issues are now part of the diagnostic criteria. Our senses affect how we respond to the world around us. Many children are either over-sensitive (hyper) or under-sensitive (hypo) and it can be tricky for them to cope with their reactions… Continue reading An Introduction To Sensory Processing Difficulties
Believe it or not, parents of autistic children get asked this a lot. It’s hard to know how to reply, because if a person is genuinely curious, it’s nice to encourage dialogue, but they may be disappointed with the answer of “He takes 17 minutes to put on a shoe” or “She is adept at… Continue reading “What’s His Special Power?”
The ICD-10 is the most commonly used manual for autism diagnosis in the UK and it describes autism like this: "A group of disorders characterized by qualitative abnormalities in reciprocal social interactions and in patterns of communication, and by a restricted, stereotyped, repetitive repertoire of interests and activities. These qualitative abnormalities are a pervasive feature… Continue reading What Is Autism?
When my son was first diagnosed, I applied to go on the Early Bird course organised by the National Autistic Society. It was enlightening, and I learnt so many things about ASD and the difficulties a child with autism might have. During the first session, they showed up this film A is for Autism. It's a… Continue reading A Is For Autism
Autism Am I different? Do I seem different to you? Is it my voice, sometimes lacking in intonation? Or perhaps my eyes, lacking in gaze? Does my need for routine unnerve you? I watch the world. I see the people in it. Passing through life with all their rules and conventions, I try to make… Continue reading A Poem About Autism