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Do vaccinations cause Autism?

The National Autistic Society posted a link on their Facebook page today from the Daily Mail about the links between major childhood vaccinations and autism/ asd. I’m sure most of you can remember the media storm, and subsequent panic from parents in the late 90’s/ early 00’s when a study was released linking the MMR vaccine to Autism. This lead to a large number of parents deciding against vaccinating their children with the MMR. The study has since been withdrawn, and the findings have been discredited. This has not stopped the great debate, however. I was a child when the study […]

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Autism / ASD – Problems with change

My little boy is a creature of habit, he likes things to be as they should, each and every day. He likes a bit of routine in his life, and we all usually stick to this routine because it makes his life a little bit easier, and less stressful. He doesn’t have rigid, set, to-the-minute routines, they are a little more relaxed, but they are routines non the less. And while with a lot of persuasion, and reassurance, an unexpected change in his routine is usually tolerated, you notice his anxiety levels rise considerably because of it. On a usual […]

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ASD – Our journey so far

My son Neil is, a kind, funny, intelligent little boy, but he has some social and sensory issues, which is why he is being assessed for ASD. When I say asd, I’m talking about all forms of the autistic spectrum disorder. Because he has not yet been diagnosed, and we are unsure of what the final official diagnosis will be (autism, aspergers, high functioning autism), I like to just use the overall term of asd. He’sdefinitely at the higher functioning end of the spectrum but he still has plenty of difficulties. It’s hard to pin point exactly when we started […]

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