High Functioning Autism Through Polly’s Eyes

I wrote this piece because I wanted to try and convey what high functioning autism is like through Polly’s eyes. We sat together and read it, and I was fully expecting her to ask me to change some (most) of it. Instead she looked at me and said “mummy, I love it, it’s exactly how I feel.” Needless to say I ended up in floods of tears…  My name is Polly, and I’m almost nine years old. I look exactly the same as all the other kids my age, and I mostly act like them too. I’m not the same …

Host a Birthday Party

How to Host a Birthday Party and Actually Enjoy Yourself

My beautiful, sassy, unique, darling firstborn turned seven today. She was promised a birthday party this year, and started planning it in February. Seriously, the second her brother and sister’s birthdays had been and gone Polly set about making the invitations. We originally thought we had a booking at a large venue, so were free and easy with numbers, and at the peak of collating RSVP’s we had around seventy guests coming, ranging from six months up to seventy years old. A few weeks ago we discovered that there had been a mix up with the venue, so we decided to have the party …