Let’s Talk About Autism

When my daughter started on the long old process to an ASD diagnosis, I was in complete denial. My daughter didn’t have autism, why do people keep suggesting it?! I constantly told myself she can’t have autism because she does this, or doesn’t do that. However, in hindsight, I think I knew fairly early on…

Perfect

Dear Joseph Today you reached double figures, the grand old age of ten. Everyone says it, but where has the time gone? A while ago, I wrote another letter to you. I told you about how I had found life hard after you were born and the subsequent years but how I loved you with…

It’s Not About The Socks

I’m not an attention seeker. I’m that person who often jokes about the daily struggles but tells you that I’m ok. The truth is, often I’m not ok. I worry about the tiniest of things and my worries take over my thoughts. I read something recently about anxious people can often seem bossy or nitpick…

The Swimmer

I was one of those parents who got suckered into the baby swim classes when Joseph was just three months old. I fell in love with the fantastically staged photographs of babies swimming underwater and I knew that I wanted to experience this was Joseph. This was in addition to the baby signing, massage and…

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…