For the Love of Siblings

In law, Joseph is an only child but in reality he has the friendship and love of two step-siblings. Even that is deemed as not correct either because me and my partner are not married and they have no entitlement to call themselves that. However, not being fussy on labels and being reasonably fluid, we’re…

Children At The Playground

I saw you today, but you didn’t see me. My son, was attempting to get on the merry-go-round/spinner that you were all playing on but it was going too fast for him. He waited patiently at the side whilst trying to decide whether to approach. He doesn’t have the confidence you have, neither does he…

ASD: A Special Destination

Like many parents whose child is diagnosed with autism, the words didn’t come as an absolute shock. It’s something we had been expecting for some time due to the involvement of a variety of Health Care Professionals. Despite knowing it was coming, as soon as the words were spoken by the Consultant Paediatrician, I was…

The Autism Community: A Community of Strength

When my son was first diagnosed with autism, I enrolled on workshops which would give me valuable insight into a condition I knew very little about but I rejected the support from the autism parenting community. I didn’t want to hear what they had to say as my only taste of it was a bundle…

Not All Parents Are Cursing The Summer Holidays

It’s only the end of Week 1 of the summer holidays and I have read countless posts about how difficult it is for parents during the school holidays and they can’t wait for the kids to go back. It’s particularly difficult for those who have a child with a disability. Here I go again being…