Why Being Autistic Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Achieve

Even before my son was born, I had made a handful of plans as to what he would be. He would be funny, smart, almost certainly be athletic and he would no doubt have a successful job. The day, we were delivered an autism diagnosis when he was aged 3, those plans were wrenched away…

Christmas Crackered

Twelve months to the day I wrote a brutally honest piece about how our Christmas was so very different to many of our friends’ Christmas. I was frustrated with all the preparation that goes into the Big Day itself and then disappointed with the results. I wanted to speak out so that other families could see…

All I Want For Christmas Is….Nothing!

Last year I wrote a post entitled The Reality of Christmas and was open about the stresses that I felt as a parent of a child with additional needs, who didn’t quite get Christmas. I spoke about the pressure some of us feel trying to live up to the expectations of social media in hammering…

When The Mainstream Runs Dry – Autism and Schools

Over four months ago I started a post that began charting the journey we’d had in choosing Joseph’s primary school. It wasn’t an easy post to write for two main reasons. The emotions that it brought to the surface about that starting point, almost six years ago but also because I knew where the completion…

How To Buy Children

Timing is everything they say and yet frequently I have none of it. From time to time the planets are not quite aligned and I feel the stars are looking down at me, having a chuckle amongst themselves whilst they plot against me. If I was to say to Joseph, “You’re going to have your…