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Autism

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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Autism

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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Autism

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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Reviews, Toys

Helping Hands & Play Foam Review from Learning Resources

As the parent of a child with ASD, I’m always on the lookout for fun and interesting ways to engage and help Neil develop his skills. I have spent many a night on the Internet looking at special needs toys, and sensory toys. There is a lot available, but it’s disappointing to find that a lot of ‘special needs’ toys carry quite a high price tag. A little while ago I was introduced to Learning Resources and was amazed by the huge range of educational toys on offer. I was very pleased to find they had a dedicated section devoted […]

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