UK Autism

This Dad Just Discovered The Full Extent Of His Son's Loneliness And It Is Heartbreaking

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Parents

A dad has written a heartbreaking open letter to other parents after realising how lonely his autistic son was at school. Bob Cornelius shared the emo...

Autism: Can't We Just Be Reasonable?

Oli Monks | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Oli Monks

If we are all to start improving things, it's not going to take any fundamental changes in laws but simple, practical steps in our own lives that will make a HUGE difference. What can these be?

The Unsung Heroes Of Autism

Marijka Barber | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK Parents
Marijka Barber

This post is about the ordinary heroes, the many heroes that continually help my family - who help Stanley. Those who look at this little boy and see through his stubborn behaviour and the hitting out and the meltdowns.

Autism, Valentino And Schools

Melanie Sykes | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK Parents
Melanie Sykes

When you are the parent of a child with autism you have a choice to make about schooling: whether to send your son or daughter to a special school or to a mainstream one. Special schools, where your child will be around only children with special needs, will have more knowledge; mainstream schools have kids that can relate "normally" and good habits hopefully to be copied... I think the system as is stands at the moment is failing these wonderful children who have so much to offer in this world and with the increase of diagnosis are not going anywhere and it will be a great loss to society if they are overlooked.

It's Only Words

Tina Medlock | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

I'm a Mum. And if you have to go a little further, then I'm a mum of a boy with autism not an autism mum. Similar to when I state, I have a son and if the need arises I say he has autism; he is not my autistic son.

Melanie Sykes Reveals Update On Son With Autism's School Search

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Parents

Melanie Sykes has revealed she has found a school for her son with autism, following a long struggle. The 46-year-old revealed in June 2016 that her 1...

I'll Be Your Voice

Vikki Hammond | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Parents
Vikki Hammond

Mummy tries her best for you, I see you closing your eyes and I get you a pillow. I see you looking uncomfortable I change your nappy. I see you trying to eat a magazine I get you a snack. I see you looking deep in thought and I smother you with hugs. I hear you trying to talk and I talk for you.

Who Am I?

Vikki Hammond | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents
Vikki Hammond

I am your voice, I do these things because I want the best for you. I want you here with me for as long as possible. Although what you have gone through is hard, and every day is a battle. I need you, here with me. Because without you I am nothing, I am no one. But with you I am your mum x

Life In The Repetitive Lane

Tina Medlock | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

If anything is likely to nudge me over the edge it's constantly being asked what we are doing next. And for that I blame visual timetables and the 'First and Then' approach taught to us by the Autism Communication Teams we have been in involved with.

We're Going Car-Free, And It's Gonna Be OK

Makeba Garraway | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents
Makeba Garraway

To her credit, the lady did call me back the next day to check the children and I were ok, and to apologise for shouting at me in front of them. But in my mind this incident and the flat tyre the week before were both signs that we had made the right decision a few days earlier to sell our car and become more acquainted with public transport.

Back To School Blues

Tina Medlock | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

I was pleased that Joseph hadn't cried about going back to school, slightly disappointed that he had spent a brief period in the cupboard that masquerades as a cloakroom before venturing into the classroom, but overjoyed that when I went to collect him and found that he had not kicked the shit out of anyone.

Mum Praises Clarks Salesman For Helping Six-Year-Old With Autism Escape Crowds

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Parents

A member of Clarks Shoes staff has been praised for helping a six-year-old boy with autism buy his school shoes in peace. Gem Salter, from Ipswich in ...

Parents Of Children With Autism Face 'Exhausting Battles' To Get Educational Support

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Parents

Many parents of children with autism are facing “exhausting battles” to get the right education and support, according to a new charity report. Al...

American Football Player's Gesture For Boy With Autism Brought Mum To Tears

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Parents

The touching story of an American football player who joined a boy with autism at a dinner table, so he didn’t have to eat alone has captured many p...

What I Really Mean When I Say "I'm Fine"

Marijka Barber | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Parents
Marijka Barber

As parents we will never reveal we are actually very lonely. We are on the outside looking in, at both society and our child, unable to find a way to reach both. We are isolated. Isolated from society due to our caring role. Isolated from our friends and family, turning down invitations to parties, days out. Isolated from our child as we are never truly allowed 'in'.

From The Heart, A Letter To My Children

Vikki Hammond | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Parents
Vikki Hammond

Bailey summed it all up for me one day in the car.. "Mummy we are so lucky to have Kai, just think some people never get to experience someone like him. We are very lucky." With that sentence I felt my job was done, Kai has brought more joy into your life's than I could ever imagine.

M&S Launches School Uniform Range For Kids With Autism

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Parents

High street retailer Marks & Spencer has launched a school uniform range designed to help children with autism who don’t like putting their uniform ...

The Silent Truth Of Autism

Marijka Barber | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Parents
Marijka Barber

I'll always remember this one time in the supermarket. A mother had her toddler in the trolley and he was extremely verbal and she told him "I wish you would be quiet for one minute" and I remember thinking: "I wish my son would talk for one minute".

Autism: Useful Tips For School Teachers | Back To School

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Parents
Marcus Mitchell

​It's the little things that make teaching those with autism a little easier. Although I'm no expert. Autism is growing in awareness, it's important that it should be taught and teachers made more aware. Training teachers about autism will improve their awareness and understanding of how to address a situation or help make things easier. ​

Sometimes

Vikki Hammond | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Parents
Vikki Hammond

thriving families.jpg Sometimes I look at my son and realise I could not live without him, despite the physical and mental pain I sometimes feel. I am blessed I am lucky to have an amazing courageous child like Kai.

Mum's Appeal To Find Daughter's Favourite T-Shirt Works A Little Too Well

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support she received from strangers after appealing for help to replace her daughter’s favourite t-s...

Ten Must See New Acts At Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Jay Islaam | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Jay Islaam

There are plenty of big names gracing the Edinburgh Fringe right now, and there'll be celebrity acts, to suit every taste, showing off their latest productions all over the city. However, every superstar started at the bottom of the ladder and had to work their way to success, demonstrating their superiority amongst their tenderfoot peers.

Autism Life Skills

James Christie | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK
James Christie

Adult Life Skills hit the cinematic trail recently. Starring Jodie Whittaker, it's about a young woman who can't cope with a bereavement and retreats...

The 'Special Needs Price Tag'

Laura Rutherford | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

If you hate the special needs price tag as much as I do, please shout about it. Please make businesses aware that this is unacceptable. Please be part of making the change that we all need. Be bold. And be loud! Use people power. Use social media. Shout from the rooftops of Twitter and Facebook.

Ten Must See Scottish Acts at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Jay Islaam | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Jay Islaam

With Edinburgh Scotland's most popular tourist destination, the locals are used to being outnumbered by sassenachs. Things get much worse at Fringe time, and it's easy to forget there are plenty of homegrown comedians to enjoy too. Here's my recommendations for ten brilliant acts who are all as Scottish as a highland terrier chewing shortbread on Loch Lomond