The Tribe

When Joseph was first diagnosed with autism, I only told a few select people. Some of those people had known what was in the offing for some time but even then I felt it difficult to discuss. I didn’t want people’s sympathy or for them to be thinking “I told you so”. I’ve always been…

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…