W2.1: “So You Should Be”

Today my son has been to school, crossed over the road on his own on his way there and back, sauntered home in his PE kit, chucked his coat and bags on the kitchen table, kicked off his trainers (sneakers) and left them lying on the kitchen floor and set about playing the Sega Megadrive... Continue Reading →

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Special Report: Sensory (Stim) Toys Review

Today I have a special guest assisting me on this blog: Thomas! Thomas would like to review his collection of stim toys. This blog is about him so it's a great pleasure to have him as a guest contributor. The reviews below are in his own words, prompted by my questions, and with a little... Continue Reading →

This New Life

When I published my last article in August I had no idea that I would go quiet for so long. I am astonished how much time has passed and how quickly. I needed that time; so much has happened, it's been a period of endings and beginnings and I've needed time to absorb it all... Continue Reading →

I Am Not Autistic

I didn't fulfil my intention to post regularly throughout July. It was one of the busiest and most emotional months I have encountered for quite some time: Son entered the final month of primary school and the month ran away with us: there were day trips and a two-week transition spell in his secondary school,... Continue Reading →

J4: Happy 4th of July

I would like to wish my American readers a very happy 4th of July. Enjoy your coffee and your freedom and have a wonderful day. It's been a pleasure to meet new friends and I look forward to wishing you all a happy 4th of July for many years to come. Whatever you're doing today... Continue Reading →

J3: Scooter Races

Tom loves his scooter. He's had a scooter for most of his school life, it's his pride and joy. I discovered it was much easier to get him to school if he could scoot there and once he got a set of wheels, he never wanted to walk anywhere again. He scoots to school and... Continue Reading →

Talking About Autism: Identity and Community

Recently I have become very aware of autism as an identity rather than a disorder. From speaking with autistic people and reading their blogs, taking note of the rejection of person-first terminology ("a person with autism") and the preference for identity-first wording ("an autistic person"); the posts listing "that autistic feeling when..."; the visual stim... Continue Reading →

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