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ASD Parenting – Back to School Blues

It feels like the summer holidays have barely begun, and here we are with a week left until the dreaded (or joyous, depending on who you ask) back to school routine starts again for another school year. 8 weeks have passed in the blink of an eye. This can be a time of mixed emotions for children. I always remember the last week of the holidays being a big buzz of excitement. The week before school was usually spent getting new uniforms, and choosing new stationary. We have already done all of that gradually over the last few weeks. Now […]

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Autism, Charity

Autism Awareness Week 2015

This week is is World Autism Awareness Week, leading up to World Autism Awareness Day on Thursday 2nd April. The focus of the week is to raise awareness about Autism, I guess the clue is in the name! It’s all about getting people involved in activities that get people talking about Autism, and hopefully raising some much needed funds in the process. The National Autistic Society are asking people to get involved and ‘stand out for autism‘. Their site has been a massive source of information for me over the last couple of years, from the early stages when we […]

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Autism

An angry rant at the Belfast Telegraph

I read an article in the Belfast Telegraph this afternoon and it’s left me feeling a little bit annoyed. Annoyed at the topic, and annoyed at how such a poorly written article could even make it in to the paper in the first place. It reminded me why I stopped reading the newspapers a long time ago, because most of the stuff in it is rubbish. The article, ‘£35 million spent on taxis taking children to school’ claimed that a ‘whopping’ £35 million had been spent over the last five years to transport some children to school via taxi. They […]

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Autism

The After Diagnosis Limbo

Since my son received a diagnosis of ASD in June of this year, there has been so much going through my head. I want to help him over come his difficulties and reach his full potential, and most importantly make sure he is happy, but there is still so much I do not know about ASD, which makes it pretty difficult for me to really help him. I had been feeling like we’d been given a diagnosis , and then been sent away to work things out for ourselves. Yes, we were given a bit of bumph to read at […]

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Autism

ASD assessment / diagnosis

It has been a year since the first appointment with the GP that got the ball rolling. A full year of waiting and wondering. In that time I have read various books, joined various groups, spent many nights typing questions in to google, looking for what? I’m not really sure. Advice, strategies, answers, reassurance. I think I thought if I filled myself with as much information I would be better prepared for the diagnosis, if / when it came.   I’ve tried to put all of the worries to the back of my mind, I knew this was going to […]

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