Risk Of Autism May Be Linked To This Factor In Pregnancy

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Parents

Women who are overweight during pregnancy are more likely to have children with autism, a new study has found. Researchers from Central South Unive...

Fresher's Week: An Asperger Experience

Susanna Fantoni | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Susanna Fantoni

Your first few weeks are going to be tough no matter how much you prepare for them. But as time goes on it will all become much much easier. As soon as classes start and routine becomes a thing everything will simply fall into place. So try not to over think things and as hard it is just go with flow as everything will turn out okay in the end, I promise!

Road Rage Rants and the Sound of Thunder...

James Christie | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK
James Christie

Funny thing about Ronnie Pickering's road rage... I did the same myself once. I was at a roundabout near the bottom of Birmingham which verges decor...

A Letter to my Darling Firstborn

Reneé Davis | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

If I've learnt nothing else, it's that life whizzes by at a blink and you'll miss it rate. Never was there a more apt phrase for parenthood than 'the days are long, but the years are short'.

Flying When Your Child Is Sick or Has a Disability

Carrie Bradley | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Parents
Carrie Bradley

Flying with children can be daunting for parents, and flying when your child is feeling ill or has a disability can only add to the stress. However, there are some requirements in place, depending on the severity of an infant or childs' illness or disability. The first point of call, is always to contact your airline directly.

I Just Found a Small Bit of Popcorn in my Daughter's Bum Cleavage #popcornbum

Jill Finch | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Parents
Jill Finch

It was rediscovered by my husband, ahem, and then quickly forgotten again until daughter was born. Whilst poring over every gorgeous inch of her lovely marshmallowy-soft baby body, we discovered she had inherited a money pocket.

Why it's Important to Share Best Autism Practice

Carol Povey | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Parents
Carol Povey

In so many of the conversations I have with families and individuals, I am struck by what an enormous impact a skilled, enlightened, knowledgeable professional can have. They can be the difference between a life of isolation and one that surpasses all expectations.

Girl With Autism Writes Poignant Note: 'Wanted: A Friend'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Parents

A seven-year-old girl with autism has written a heartbreaking note to let others know the qualities she wants in a friend. Karen Adams says her da...

Mum Pens Candid Response To Man Who Called Her Son With Autism A 'Sissy'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Parents

A mum who has a son with autism has written an open letter to the man called her boy a "sissy". In a blog post on The Mighty, Morénike Giwa Onaiw...

Battles for Britain...

James Christie | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
James Christie

Remembrance of the rancid Scottish referendum (a battle for Britain?) and the real Battle of Britain came on much the same day, leading me to the sour...

What My Son's Dyspraxia Taught Me About His Autism

Matt Davis | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Parents
Matt Davis

The impacts on everyday tasks are huge. Picking up cutlery on a laid, full table and eating a meal is terrifically tortuous for him such are the fine spatial and visual skills needed. He sees everything, all seemingly separate unconnected objects; this photographic memory is a handicap as well as something incredible.

Keith Duffy Delighted At Daughter With Autism's 'Unbelievable' Achievement

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Parents

Keith Duffy is over the moon with his daughter with autism's "unbelievable" exam results. Duffy's daughter Mia, 15, who was diagnosed with autism a...

The Importance of Love Bombing

Reneé Davis | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

Quite some time ago, hubby and I read a fascinating book about love bombing. In it the author talks about resetting your child's emotional thermosta...

R&R on the King's Road, Spectre of a Glorious Summer

James Christie | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

You'd think a fiftysomething Asperger would be the worst possible choice for a job like this; but over the last seven years I've found that, autism or not, my late father's public speaking ability has been downloaded directly into me - I can socialize, cope with travel and talk to an audience at the drop of a hat - and I understand how the neuro-typical world works.

Top Tips for Surviving the Witching Hour

Reneé Davis | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

With the needs of three children to meet all at once, the time between my kids finishing their tea and falling asleep is often fraught in our house. Lets face it they didn't coin the term 'the witching hour' for no reason!

Strangers Help Mum Answer Son With Autism's Difficult Question About The Tube

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Parents

A mother appealed to a Facebook group to help her train-obsessed son with autism who wanted to know how many platforms there were on each underground ...

Boy With Autism Hates Haircuts, Barber Travels 8 Hours To Solve The Problem

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Parents

A barber who helped an eight-year-old boy with autism learn to love haircuts made an eight-hour drive to cut his hair after the boy moved house. Mi...

The Seven Stages of Processing an Autism Diagnosis

Reneé Davis | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

I am so looking forward to getting to the stage where we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know it's a way off, but with enough hard work anything is achievable, that much I know for certain.

Two-Year Waits for Autism Diagnosis Pushing Families to Breaking Point

Mark Lever | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Parents
Mark Lever

Bringing in waiting times for autism assessments would be a huge step forward for the 1 in 100 people on the autism spectrum in the UK. And it is achievable, even in an age of austerity. In fact, it is all the more necessary as the NHS tries to make savings.

Is First Time Motherhood Wasted On First Time Mums?

Reneé Davis | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

I loved being a mum, and was so ready for it, but looking back it feels like I frittered that precious time away. I hated our old flat and we were always out - doing stuff, going places, meeting people. No wonder P was a demanding baby, she was probably over stimulated half the time.

Girl With Autism Removed From School As Parents Claim Teacher 'Called Her Fat F***'

SWNS | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Parents

An investigation has been launched over claims a teacher laughed at a teenage pupil with autism and called her a "fat f***". Patricia and Richard A...

To My Son: You Will Always Be You, Aspergers Is Just a Label

Stephanie Nimmo | Posted 16.08.2015 | UK Parents
Stephanie Nimmo

I remember when you were born, our first child, our boy, our son. We were filled with hopes and dreams for you, Daddy wanted you to be an Arsenal striker, fighter pilot and doctor all rolled into one (it's OK, he wasn't serious, well maybe not about the fighter pilot bit...). But what we wanted most for you was to be yourself.

Three Essential Tools for Becoming a Better Parent

Reneé Davis | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

I'd like to share the three most useful tools that we've learnt along the way. As far as I'm concerned they are absolutely essential ace cards for all parents to have.

The Language of Autism

Jo Worgan | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Parents
Jo Worgan

Many parents have asked that I use the term 'with autism' rather than 'autistic', as they feel that they are 'labeling' their child. I do not see it in that way. No matter if you say 'autistic' or 'with autism', or even 'on the spectrum', ultimately they all mean the same thing, well they do to me anyway.

Surfer With Disabilities Inspires Beachgoers As He Rides Waves

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us struggle with the concept of balancing on a surfboard. But for Mitchell Solomon-Coombs, the challenge starts before he even reaches the wat...