UK Autism

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...

The Keeper

Tina Medlock | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

I knew I had come across that one in a million when not long after we had started going out (I think I am still young enough to use this term. Just.) when he offered to take Joseph to the playground opposite and give me half an hour's break. He knew that a half an hour's peace actually meant fucking everything at that stage. Still does if I'm honest.

The Moment A Boy With Autism Found True Acceptance

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Parents

A mum was moved to tears when she witnessed the moment her son, who struggled to make friends, found true acceptance. Shanna Niehaus’ five-year-old ...

A Two-Fingered Salute

Tina Medlock | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

By stating that I wish my child didn't have autism, it's not wishing I didn't have him. Neither is it saying I have no love for the person he is. It's simply saying that if I had a choice where I knew my child would have less chance of being bullied, ridiculed, would sleep better and also be able to converse with me, find his true love, get a job and have children - then of course I would choose that for him.

The Day I Felt 'Almost' Normal

Tina Medlock | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

I have longed for that experience that other parents have, where they are told that their child is excelling in a particular subject (and maybe doing fine in other areas but not below average).

We Need A Focus On Hidden Hate Crime

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

Let us not forget that if people are vulnerable, it is because of the circumstances in which they find themselves, rather than being vulnerable per se. The more we invest in supporting disabled people to feel fully included in society, the more we prevent incidents such as hate crime occurring.

A Review Of 'Uniquely Human, A Different Way Of Seeing Autism' By Dr. Barry M Prizant

Matt Davis | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Parents
Matt Davis

This book appeared at an apposite time. After the vagaries of a vacation - "parents dread school vacations," the author, Dr. Barry M. Prizant, confirms at one point - it's a little like a refresher course for parents like me who are feeling drained by autism.

What's In A Word?

Laura Rutherford | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Words can be powerful. They can bring joy. One word can change someone's day - life even. But in the same speed in which they can bring happiness, the...

Sleep Support For Families Of Children With Autism Wins National Award

Vicki Dawson | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Dawson

A few weeks ago I wrote about how the world is finally waking up to the importance of sleep to support children's well-being. I'm delighted to tell y...

Girl Writes Heartwarming 'Autism Fairy' Letter

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Parents

An eight-year-old girl who wants to change the way people view autism wrote a heartwarming letter to the “autism fairy” and shared it on Facebook....

Celebrating The Diversity Of Human Brains In The Workplace

Andrew Sutherland | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Sutherland

Things may be set to change by default if we consider how the digital revolution has the potential to reshape utterly our familiar notions of work, production and value - and with it, our definitions of human competence.

Helicopter Parenting When Your Child Has No Danger Awareness

Laura Rutherford | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

As he gets older, this danger awareness thing - well, to be honest it just gets more frightening. He is taller and stronger and physically trying to prevent him from hurting himself - intentionally or unintentionally - can be really hard.

Surviving Those Bad Patches

Laura Rutherford | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

When Brody's behaviour turns like this, it's hard not to feel like a rubbish parent. Because what we want foremost is for him to be happy. And that mummy guilt, it can really weigh you down. It's hard not to feel pissed off that things aren't straight forward and envious of friends who have the life you pictured when you first saw the positive sign after peeing on a stick.

Autism: Tips To Help You Maintain Your Cool

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Mitchell

Nearly every year an anger incident breaks out at home, countless of times the police have been involved and end up arresting me due to my behaviour stepping above the out-of-control zone.

Teenage Boy Teaches Us All A Lesson About What It's Really Like To Be Autistic In A Classroom

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Parents

A boy with autism and ADHD has written a heartbreaking letter to his teacher explaining what he wishes she knew about his behaviour and condition. Aus...

Mum Celebrates Christmas Three Months Early To Earn Rare Smile From Daughter

Caters | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Parents

A mum turned her family home into a Christmas wonderland for an entire weekend to earn a rare smile from her daughter. Emily Orchard, 15, was diagnose...

Boy V Carpet

Tina Medlock | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Once I had recovered from the shock that the new fucking carpet was now a spew stinking carpet, I checked whether Joseph was ok and attempted to guide him into the bathroom.

To The Parents, Children And Teachers Who Include My Son

Tina Medlock | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

I'm sure it would entice more people to read the post had I titled it 'To The People Who Don't Include My Son - FUCK YOU' as it seems that everyone wants to read the hard luck story, but I am going to try and counterbalance some of those heartbreaking accounts you have heard of.

Boy Who Had 'No Friends' Inundated With Cards And Gifts

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Parents

An 11-year-old boy with autism who wrote on his homework sheet that he had no friends has been inundated with gifts and cards. Christopher’s dad, Bo...

Thinking About School When It Isn't Mainstream

Laura Rutherford | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

For me, school is a significant milestone and another one of those doses of reality that pop up once in a while to remind you that life isn't quite straight forward - like birthdays, Christmas and important hospital appointments.

Teen With Autism Who 'Doesn’t Have Any Friends' Receives Hundreds Of Birthday Cards From Strangers

SWNS | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A teenager with autism who feared he wouldn’t receive any birthday cards has been inundated with greetings from celebrities and well-wishers after a...