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 …

Sorry About the Noise

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 …

One Thing After Another

One Thing After Another

I pride myself on my togetherness. My normalness. Some people consider the N Word to be as dirty as the C Word, no not Christmas. I don’t though. With my background, being as normal as I am now is a wonderful thing. Lately though, I don’t feel very together. I can’t seem to shake my sadness. It comes and goes, and comes back again. Sadness at the state of the world. Sadness at what human beings are capable of doing to each other. Sadness at the big picture. Sadness at the small picture. It feels like we take two steps forward …

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

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 …