“What’s His Special Power?”

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?”

What Is Autism?

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?

Why Is It Called ‘Platypus & Batty’?

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’?

A Little Bit About Me

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