high functioning autism

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Mental Health

On Authenticity: How to be Authentic in a Shallow World

It’s a bit of an oxymoron writing the words ‘how to be authentic’ when my personal feeling is authenticity can’t be taught. If you naturally veer towards materialism and shallowness, then you’ll have to brace yourself before reading. And most definitely be prepared to do some work on yourself afterwards. This blog contains lots of […]

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Autism Parenting

Why I Hate Autism (Sometimes)

It was a massive honour to be asked to guest blog for the amazing AutismAwareness.com. They do wonderful work in not only raising awareness of autism, but supporting parents through their journeys. They reach millions of people every month who discuss, learn and explore topics of interest to special needs families. This piece first appeared […]

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Autism Parenting

How to Love Your Challenging Child 

Notice the title of this article isn’t: “how to love your autistic child,” or “how to love your SEN child?” That’s because a challenging child can happen to anyone. Additional needs or not. Cards on the table: I’m going to come right out and say that parenting my own challenging child is the hardest thing I’ve […]

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Mental Health

Surviving: A Story of Mental Health #MHAW17

When I found myself pregnant with Polly in 2008, the state of my mental health had never been better. At the ripe old age of 29 I’d already been on a remarkable journey. Extraordinary even I had survived a dysfunctional childhood, and self-destructive young adulthood. I’d dragged myself through two mental breakdowns, and experienced the […]

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Autism Parenting

How to Help a Child with High Functioning Autism 

Regular readers will know that my eldest daughter Polly was diagnosed with high functioning autism in June 2015. You can read more about our diagnosis here if you like. To say that we’ve been on a steep learning curve ever since would be the understatement of the century. As it’s world autism awareness day, I […]

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