To HCP or not to HCP…

I met with Tom's high school SENCO (special needs co-ordinator) yesterday to discuss his gradual transition into the "HCP" special needs unit at the school. The more I see of it and the more I talk to the staff there, the more I believe this is the best future for Thomas academically. As much as... Continue Reading →

Special Places: Sensory World

Introducing a new feature reporting on people and organisations providing services for autistic people. In our inaugural article today we are featuring Sensory World Play Centre in Dewsbury. Linda Holmes is a woman on a mission. Linda is the sole proprietor and manager of Sensory World Play Centre, a multi sensory play centre for children... Continue Reading →

#Autism_Is

Happy Sunday. I hope this weekend finds you well. Once again it's a grey, rainy, cool day where I am. Spring just can't seem to get started! To brighten up your day, and to reflect the blog's new name, I thought I'd introduce a new series: #autism_is, discussing different aspects of autism. I'm going to... 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 →

Hear Us, Accept Us! #AutismAcceptance2017

Too important not to share. There is a huge difference between being aware of autism and making autistic people's lives better, making accommodations, allowing them to speak on their own behalf, not trying to force them to behave in a neurotypical/allistic way and shaming them for behaving autistically. Listen to the autistic community, find out... Continue Reading →

A Message to #actuallyautistic Visitors

Parenting an autistic child when you have no previous experience of autism can be confusing, stressful, tiring and lonely as there are few chances to talk to people who understand what this life is like. It drove me to create this blog, so I could share what I have learned and help others who may... Continue Reading →

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