UK Autism

Acceptance

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Now that Brody is nearly 5, I have finally got used to the fact that Global Development Delay (GDD) doesn't mean "may catch up" for us. It's forever. And because he is still primarily undiagnosed, despite an autism and epilepsy diagnosis (as well as a few others), GDD seems to be moving on to a new "catch all" term - learning disability.

Society Is Letting Autistic People Down

Norman Lamb | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

Transitions to adulthood are a vital area where much more needs to be done. There is very little information on whether children find it easier to work in certain professions (for example ones where routine and structure is required). Only by learning more about how autistic children do later in life can we make sure that their education is sufficiently tailored to maximise the chances of them entering the workplace successfully. Only a combination of more resources, more dedication, more support and more understanding will help ensure that every autistic child lives a life worth living.

Imperfectly Perfect

Tina Medlock | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Some three and half years later when I had received an autism diagnosis for Joseph, I felt like my world was about to end and felt angry that once again, life wasn't as simple as it should be. It wasn't a case of me only just falling in love with my son and then falling out of love with him because he had a label.

Dad Over The Moon As Tommee Tippee Agree To Make 500 Sippy Cups For Son With Autism

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Parents

Tommee Tippee have announced they will be making 500 blue sippy cups for a 14-year-old boy with autism after a global search. The boy’s dad, Marc Ca...

A Christmas Story - One Of Hope

Tina Medlock | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tina Medlock

I looked at him with great pride that he had the ability to sing after so many years of him not being able to communicate in any way and I saw happiness but he was oblivious to what was going on and what any of it meant. I reflected on that sound piece of advice I had previously been furnished with.

When Is It OK To Give Children Cannabis?

Mary Biles | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mary Biles

Vera Twomey-Barry, mother of 6-year-old Ava who, who due to a rare genetic condition called Dravet Syndrome, suffers from as many as 20 epileptic seizures a day, decided to march the 300km to Dublin from her home in Cork.

A Letter To My Four Year Old After Becoming A Schoolgirl

Reneé Davis | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

Your brother and sister were scared of you last night, and hid. You wouldn't let me come closer than arms length for over an hour, but I know you desperately needed love. After the storm had passed you asked for a hug, and your beautiful smile returned.

Duchess Of Cambridge Embraced Teary Mum Whose Son With Autism Shared His Struggle

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Parents

The Duchess of Cambridge embraced a tearful mum who explained how her son who has autism had his life changed thanks to a mental health charity. The ...

When Awareness Makes Us Less Aware

Danielle Duggins | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Parents
Danielle Duggins

My four-year-old son is screaming. The noise is relentless, high-pitched - almost painful. It reverberates in my chest and sets every nerve on edge. He has been screaming for half an hour. He can barely keep it up but there is no way for him to stop. It is visceral.

In The Beginning....

Tina Medlock | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

So now, here I go again and I suppose ultimately and selfishly I wanted to feel I have gained something from my ramblings but equally if I can help others in similar situations that would be fantastic. Some of what has already been written was done with tears and some with laughter and hopefully you will see the rollercoaster life that we lead in living with autism.

Can You Help This Dad Find The Blue Cup That Will 'Save' His Son?

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents

A father’s emotional appeal to find a little blue cup for his son has been flooded with responses from concerned strangers. Marc Carter, from Devon,...

Brace Yoursens, Winter Is Coming

Tina Medlock | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Every other child I know is getting up later because it's dark in the morning and despite the pitch black surroundings in his room, Joseph begins to get up earlier and earlier and my language starts to get worse and worse.

My Depression Blog

Marijka Barber | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marijka Barber

The stigma associated with a depressive illness is very evident in our society; I'm 30, have a lovely home, a great husband and 2 healthy boys. So to anyone outside my inner circle it can look like I have "no reason to be depressed".

To The Parents Of A Newly Diagnosed High Functioning Autistic Child

Reneé Davis | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

Of course a diagnosis isn't going to magically change your lives overnight. It won't make the sleep deprivation any easier to absorb, or the meltdowns less traumatic. What it does mean however, is that you can start finding solutions to the things that cause your family problems. You can become acquainted with your son/daughter's triggers, and do your best to intervene before they erupt.

Swearers Anonymous

Tina Medlock | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

I am no different to any other parent (I hope) in that I don't believe my son as a little angel; he's not. I have exactly the same frustrations as other people I know. Some days are just inevitably harder than others.

Take It Back

Vikki Hammond | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Vikki Hammond

Unless you have had experience of having a disability or caring for someone with a disability do not judge. Words hurt, we have feeling too. Every comment every snigger or every stare it stays in our heart. What you think you know, you know nothing. My child is my world, my life is not what I thought it would be, I am a carer I am a wife and a mum, I am no longer me.

Just 16% Of People With Autism Are In Full-Time Paid Work

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A new survey has revealed that less than a fifth of adults with autism are in full-time paid work. The National Autistic Society (NAS), who ran the s...

Autism Research Findings Provide Good Advice For All Parents

Dr Amanda Gummer | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Amanda Gummer

It is great to see results such as these that prove that interventions can work and have a long lasting impact on children and families suffering with autism. But it's also really important to point out here that engaged parenting methods, focusing on play and social interaction is beneficial for all children, not just those with autism.

This Girl Kept Calling A Stranger 'Daddy' And His Response Was So Moving

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has explained how grateful she was when a man her daughter kept calling “daddy” on a flight took it in his stride and didn’t correct her. ...

Toys 'R' Us To Hold Autism-Friendly Christmas Shopping Events So No One Feels Left Out

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents

Toys “R” Us has announced it will be holding additional Christmas shopping hours specifically for families affected by autism and special needs. ...

Is Your Child Ugly?

Tina Medlock | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

What do you say after someone has asked you that question? And it was a closed one after all. If the woman had said something along the lines of, 'I have a son/friend who is autistic and I understand some of the challenges you may face', then I may have felt a little differently about it but I am not sure what the purpose of her statement was.

Parents Can Help 'Improve Life' For Kids With Autism Using This New Method

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Parents

Parents can help improve the symptoms and behaviour of children with autism, by learning how to interact and understand them more effectively, a study...

Mum Of Son With Autism Praises Asda For Heartwarming Gesture

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has praised Asda for the way they dealt with her son who has autism when he was in distress. Jen Goodhand, from Redditch in Worcestershire, exp...

6-Year-Old Wrote Powerful Letter After Brother With Autism Was Called 'Weird'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents

A six-year-old girl wrote a heartwarming letter about her younger brother, who has autism, to remind others he shouldn’t be treated any differently....

Asda Criticised For 'Awful' Slogan On Kids' Jumper

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Parents

Asda has been accused of not “understanding and accepting” mental health problems in children due to slogan on one of their kids’ Christmas jump...