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Why I am Considering the GAPS Intro Diet for my 6yo Autistic Daughter

In Spring 2014 I embarked on the all natural auto-immune healing diet GAPS, which is an acronym for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. It consists of three stages, the first being a six step introduction diet; the second stage is Full GAPS – a Paleo-style grain free, refined sugar free, commercial dairy free diet; the third stage is introducing fermented grains and healthy starches such as sweet potatoes. Now I’m considering the GAPS Intro Diet for my autistic daughter.  What causes gut and psychology syndrome? According to Natasha Campbell-McBride, the doctor that created GAPS, all auto-immune disease (which encompasses everything from allergies …

Sorry About the Noise

We live in a lovely house on a private estate, and I’m proud to be part of a proper little community. Just like in the olden days, we let our kids play out and at times it can feel as though the only socialising we do is with the people on our doorstep. This is not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination. We are exceptionally fortunate that many of our neighbours have kids the same age as ours, and lots of us are on the same page when it comes to our outlook on life. There are of course exceptions to …

Please Excuse Me while I Navigate this Minefield known as Autism

Diagnosis welcome, but terrifying Now we must educate ourselves Arm our family with the tools we’ll need to survive At least we know what we’re up against now An explanation for the meltdowns Sensory overload, filters jumbled A reason why she doesn’t sleep Does not make it easier though Especially when she’s being cruel to her siblings But it’s not her fault, it’s not her fault Stay calm, deep breath Laughter replaced with tears so very much Plans cancelled, disappointment all round I know that normal service will resume shortly But for the foreseeable future Please excuse me while I …

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 …