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Autism, Family Life

Word of the Week – Proud

It’s been four weeks since Neil moved in to the autism unit at his school. The decision to move him from the mainstream school in to the unit happened at the end of last term. Neil had the whole summer to prepare for the change. I’m not sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing to be honest. The poor wee man spent nine weeks worrying about the change, which wasn’t nice for any of us. We tried to make the transition as easy as possible for him. He’d spent time in his new class, met the […]

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An Invitation – Autism and Birthday Parties

Since starting school three years ago, Neil has been to only two or three parties. He’s not often invited to any. Honestly, I’m not sure if the kids in his class don’t have parties, or if they just don’t invite him. The former is fine, the latter, well that’s heart breaking. That’s always a worry of autism parents I think, that the other children in the class will purposely exclude your child because they think they are weird. I think it happens quite a lot, and it was even touched upon in the BBC’s recent drama ‘The A Word’, when […]

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The Sleep Intervention Programme – The Beginning

My son Neil has trouble settling to sleep. When other children are tucked up in their beds at night, Neil is wide awake. It’s something I talked about before in this post. His sleeping issues aren’t new. For as long as I can remember, he’s had trouble settling to sleep. As soon as he was old enough to stand up in his cot, he would scream and cry and put his hands down his throat to make himself sick, all just to get out of bed. I thought it was something I was doing wrong. I read every baby book, […]

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Form Filling and ASD

I sit here today with a form to fill in. A form which has to be sent in by the end of the week, and yet, it sits blank in front of me. I always leave it until the last minute, because the questions are never easy. How can they be, when they are about the struggles your child is facing? Since we first raised concerns about our son with the GP almost three years ago, we’ve filled in numerous forms and questionnaires. Too many to think about. Each one just like the last, but they never get easier. Forms […]

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Late Nights, Early Mornings

A late night, followed by an early morning. It’s a recipe for disaster. I simply cannot function correctly if I don’t get at least 6 hours sleep, which means I have to be tucked up in bed before 1am if I’m wanting to be a human the next day. Long gone are the days when I could stay up all night studying, or stumble out of some classy establishment at 3am, roll in to bed at 4 and be up for work feeling fresh as a daisy at 7. Oh no, those days are behind me for sure. I need […]

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