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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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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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A brief encounter in the park…

Neil has never been the most sociable of characters. It’s one of his traits that I would attribute to his ASD. Most of the time he’s not interested in playing or interacting with other children. He’s prefers his own company, and would choose to play minecraft on his own over playing with someone any day. He will sometimes play with Caitlin, but only on his agenda and she has to agree to play his way. Sometimes, when he’s not in the mood he will refuse, which can be tough for Caitlin as she doesn’t understand. When he decides he does […]

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Word of the week – Anxious

My word of the week this week is… A brown envelope dropped through our letterbox this week. It was addressed to the parents of Neil, and I knew instantly what it was. It is the letter we have been waiting for. The letter containing the time and date of Neil’s autism assessment. The appointment we have been waiting a whole year for, and it is finally here. Now shit gets real. The appointment is for 3 weeks time. Just long enough for my brain to go in to overdrive. I hate waiting for things, because I start over thinking. I […]

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