To The Parents, Teachers and Children Who Include My Son

Way back, when I had my perfect world in my head with all the ideas of what it would be like to have a child and all the things he would do and achieve, I never even considered I would be worrying about whether he would invited to parties, included on school trips or asked…

Back to School Blues

Five hours previously I had posted a picture with a brief message alluding to Joseph’s successful first day back in the school saddle; I’d been mentioned on twitter as part of  ‘7 Special Needs Mother Bloggers You Must Follow’; had a decent run after dropping laddo off at school and bought the dog’s bollocks of all…

Is Your Child Ugly?

‘Is your son autistic?’ A simple enough question you would think but it provoked further thought and left me wondering whether it’s acceptable for people to be so blunt. I was recently asked this question whilst we were on holiday and initially I thought, ‘how nice that someone feels comfortable to be able to ask me that…

Riding the Storm

For someone who complains frequently that they don’t get enough sleep, you may find it hard to believe that on a morning when Joseph is at his Dad’s, I was up at 06:30. No Joseph to blame but heat, a muddle of thoughts in my head and a burning desire to get out and run….

There is nobody

who has less sleep than me. Well there might be, but I am sure I have less sleep than anyone I know. Yes, back to my favourite topic of sleep deprivation and my understanding that nobody is more tired than me. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be flying the flag of “Nobody…

210 Seconds of Hell

The day after I published my last blog post, I lost Joseph. Twice. Ironic that I had spoken about understanding and here was a perfect example of him showing no awareness of danger and then there was me completely misjudging a situation. I know this will have happened to more than just me, but I couldn’t…

Understanding

Each day, I question what understanding Joseph does or does not have. Sometimes I think he struggles to comprehend a basic question or instruction, for example yesterday when I asked him about his lunchtime. His class has been facilitating sporting activities each day and I asked him what sports he had done. His response was,…

Strength

Over the last week, I have been asked a number of questions around autism from a variety of friends and I was pleased that my openness had allowed those questions to be posed. There would have been a time that I felt it uncomfortable to discuss autism unless it was on my terms.  I’m not…

A Whole Bunch of Random

There seems to be a pattern forming in that I started this latest post shortly after 04:30, in my head. I would love to be able to say that I was awake because I was desperate to start the next instalment but, I am sure by now you will have guessed the reason as to…

The Riddle of the Readers

I started this in January and this is already my 12th post. I wondered after those initial flurry of posts and the waking up in the middle of the night with the need to get my thoughts down on paper, it would wear off. I thought there may come a point that I would exhaust…