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 …

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

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 previous to that she stopped sleeping (both during the day and at night) and was waking up ten times plus. Even now she hardly ever sleeps through, and she is six next month. On top of all this she never outgrew the toddler meltdowns, and …

staying connected

Changing my Attitude

How changing my attitude was vital for turning family life around December last year was a dark time for me. My little family were on a constant loop of illness, both the baby and the 5yo’s sleep were in dire straights, and our girl’s behaviour was at an all time low. After a disastrous Xmas Eve Hubby and I read the fantastic book 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child. We spent the entire Xmas holiday doing everything in our power to eradicate our own negative parenting behaviours, which were without a doubt having a massive effect on the kids. After a week of being super …