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Autism Parenting

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, […]

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Autism Parenting

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 […]

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Autism Parenting

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. […]

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an open letter to the mum of a high functioning autistic child
Autism Parenting

It’s Official. She’s on the Spectrum. Now What?

There has been something going on with my eldest daughter Polly since she was a tiny baby. First it was reflux and eczema covering her face – related to reacting to dairy coming through my breast milk. Then came the multitude of food sensitivities which we discovered at two and a half. A few months […]

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