The Things I’ve Learnt in the Year Since my Daughter’s Autism Diagnosis

The Things I’ve Learnt in the Year Since my Daughter’s Autism Diagnosis

It’s been a full year since my eldest daughter Polly (7) was diagnosed with high functioning autism. To say it’s been a rocky road from there to here would be an understatement. We pulled her out of mainstream school and have been home educating since November, which has gone to prove that above all else, us parents have to listen to our instincts and do whatever it takes to make our babies happy. Here are some of the other things I’ve learnt on my journey as an autism mama Low expectations. That’s not to say that I let my kids …

Dear Autism Parent You Are Not Alone

Dear Autism Parent You Are Not Alone

Last October, when my family was at breaking point, I wrote a post about autism. I addressed it to the other mums out there who were going through what I was going through, but it was by no means limited to the ladies. There are plenty of dads feeling the same way too (apologies for any offence caused, it wasn’t intended).  I have never hesitated as much before pressing publish as I did with that letter, and the response was completely overwhelming. Within two days it had been read by over 50,000 people. I was shocked to discover that so many had identified with …

How to Avert a Sensory Meltdown in an Autistic Child

How to Avert a Sensory Meltdown in an Autistic Child

I’ve always loved the term ‘prevention is better than cure’ and never was there a more apt phrase to describe my daughter’s sensory meltdowns. In short the best way to avert them, is to identify the triggers that send her into meltdown mode, and prevent them from happening. It’s been almost a year since our high functioning autism diagnosis, and my hubby and I have been trying to identify P’s triggers ever since. By knowing the things that cause her to feel overloaded, we can ensure that we avoid them or at least keep them to an absolute minimum. During our most …

An Open Letter to the Parents of Neuro Typical Children

An Open Letter to the Parents of Neuro Typical Children

Dear Parents, I see you, biting your tongue and trying not to roll your eyes at me. I know you think I’m precious and over the top the way I plan my family’s life to the last second. You don’t think I do myself any favours by saying no to seemingly ‘kind offers of help’. To be completely honest, before our diagnosis, I myself thought I was being OTT most of the time, so how can I possibly expect others to not view me this way? Also I’m probably rather paranoid when it comes to these matters – not sleeping …

High Functioning Autism, Acceptance and Creating Family Harmony

High Functioning Autism, Acceptance and Creating Family Harmony

Ahhhhh. The A word. No, not that one, the other one. Acceptance. There’s a lot of It needed when you start factoring autism into family life. It is well documented that all parenting is hard work, but the extra challenges that come hand in hand with additional needs can often push you to breaking point. Then you also have the regular stuff to deal with on top. Which is where the A word comes into effect. There is plenty that I’m prepared to accept, and some things that I point blank refuse to. The double edged sword of stimming “Self-stimulatory …