An Open Letter to the Parents of a Newly Diagnosed High Functioning Autistic Child 

Dear Mum or Dad,  I hope that your child’s diagnosis has provided you with the answers you’ve been searching for. If you’re anything like me, it’ll have come as a welcome relief after years of guessing. Although that doesn’t make it any less scary or overwhelming at first, so be sure to allow yourself time to process this new world that you’re about to step into.  Of course a diagnosis isn’t going to magically change your lives overnight. It won’t make the sleep deprivation any easier to absorb, or the meltdowns less traumatic. What it does mean however, is that you can start …

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When Sibling Bullying is Destroying Your Family 

This is very much the article I’ve been putting off writing. I’m sure there will be a backlash. An air of ‘you shouldn’t have said that…’ I’m tired though, I’m exasperated, and I need these words out of my head. For my own catharsis if nothing else. Every single day, sibling bullying tears our family to shreds. My eldest daughter Polly picks on her younger brother and sister, relentlessly.   People ask me if I think our lives would be easier without autism in it, and my honest answer is: YES I DO! I know I shouldn’t be saying things like …