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
Well, as most parents and carers of children with autism know, our children can very attached to their favourite objects, toys or peculiar items. They also tend to have obsessions which may vary over the years or just mature as the child grows up: one of my friends was an avid Thomas The Tank Engine… Continue reading Why Is It Called ‘Platypus & Batty’?
So, about me. I had a year’s placement as a volunteer student helper at a primary school while I was completing my A-levels. The placement was in a special needs unit attached to the school. I loved it. The children were amazing and it was a real eye opener for me. I had no idea… Continue reading A Little Bit About Me
I am the mother of two amazing boys. One has ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and the other has “autistic and attention-deficit traits”....which basically means that he has some aspects of ASD and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) but not enough to get a full diagnosis. The boys have deigned to give me permission to talk… Continue reading A Little Bit About My Boys