What’s a Parent to Do?

I get it. They aren’t cute. They aren’t cuddly. They can be rude, obnoxious, loud and very irritating. Not a picture of what makes people want to donate their hard earned money. So it seems natural that organizations are designed to help autistic individuals focus on children – young children are cute and they tug […]

The Confusion Between Autism and Co Morbid Conditions

I was asked today by a member in my support group what the differences between autism and learning difficulties are. They had been informed by a well known autism charity that autism is a learning difficulty. This is not the case at all and I felt the need to break down exactly what autism is […]

Autism Basics: Gestures and the accompanying mental state of autism

Do you ever see that person in the shopping mall flailing their arms running towards someone.  It used to frighten me sometimes, before I understood  what was going on. I remember years  ago at the shopping mall, suddenly the person started running towards someone and began hitting them with a barrage of blows.  My first […]

Watch your language when talking about autism

Words matter. The way we use them to communicate with or about others can have a huge impact on people’s lives. This is especially the case when it comes to disability. Handicapped. Retarded. Mad. Activists have campaigned hard to eradicate such terms, which are offensive and perpetuate a negative view of disabled people – one […]

Life Hacks for the Autism Mom

The day after we received my son’s diagnosis, I didn’t blow dry my hair. I just put it back in a bun and thought, “Well,I’d better get used to this. The sound of the dryer is always going to bother him, so I might as well give up on looking presentable.” (Clearly I am not […]

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Why wandering can be dangerous for children with autism

Columbia, Mo. — As authorities continue their search for Jonathan Shay, a 13-year-old boy with autism who has now been missing for nearly two weeks, the incident that saw a whole community desperately looking for the young teen also brings light to the alarming number of children with autism wandering away. According to CNN, wandering […]

30 degrees of Autism

Its 30C in Canterbury, the hottest it has been since 2006 and it’s raining for the rest of the week. So, in honour of this sunny randomness, here are 30 random facts about Autism. 1. Autism is more common than cancer, diabetes and AIDS, in children, COMBINED. 2. Specialists are the condition as ‘Autisms‘ because every person on […]

7 things I wish I had known when my daughter was diagnosed

Birthdays and anniversaries always make me nostalgic, particularly now that I am a little older. My oldest child recently turned 16 and I spent some time thinking about how far we have all come in her lifetime. I thought about when she was first diagnosed with autism. My mother had died only a couple of […]

To the parents of newly diagnosed children on the spectrum

UK – I was extremely lucky when my son was first diagnosed with autism, and to be honest, I was extremely lucky for the year and a half before be was diagnosed. The reason being that I was well supported by professionals and parents who understood what was going on in my life; they understood […]

Parents New to Autism: Don’t Fall for Pseudoscience like DAN! or MAPS

This is an edited-for-privacy version of an article Shannon  Des Roches Rosa posted on an autism parenting board, in response to a parent asking for advice about DAN! doctors. One of the loveliest features of this group is the opportunity for parents who are new to the world of disability and autism is to hear from parents […]