UK Autism

30 Hours Of Free Childcare - Unless You Have A Child Like Mine

Ann Hickman | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Parents
Ann Hickman

everybody banner But in the three years between Anthony accessing his 15 hours of free childcare and it being David's turn, local budgets had been cut for special educational needs in early years and the number of children needing this support had increased significantly. The council simply didn't have enough money to offer 15 hours of extra support to kids with special needs so they could get help during their 15 hours in pre-school.

The Autism Community: A Community Of Strength

Tina Medlock | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

When my son was first diagnosed with autism, I enrolled on workshops which would give me valuable insight into a condition I knew very little about but I rejected the support from the autism parenting community.

Letter To The Prime Minister

Lisa Wootton | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Wootton

everybody banner Nobody plans on becoming a special needs parent. Nobody. You don't visualize the future caring for your child for the rest of your life. Inadvertently you are training them to be independent from a very young age.

Mum Of Toddler With Autism Praises Mothercare For Kind Gesture After His Favourite Shoes Sold Out

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has praised Mothercare for its kind gesture to her two-year-old son who has autism and who is lost without his favourite pair of bright pumps. S...

What A Summer Holiday Means For Families Raising Disabled Or Seriously Ill Children

Salena Begley, MBE | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Parents
Salena Begley, MBE

Beyond the costs, the amount of time and energy that families take to plan these special breaks with their children cannot be underestimated. Ensuring that the break meets the needs of a disabled child, as well as those of other family members can be tricky to say the least.

Parents With Autistic Kids Need The Right Support, Not To Be Mistaken For Bad Parents

Ann Hickman | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Parents
Ann Hickman

everybody banner What my kids needed, and other autistic kids need now, is an understanding of them and the right support for their parents. Because with this right support, Anthony barely ends up in A&E, his brother can have his nails cut and maybe, one day, both boys will be able to go to the hairdresser together.

Not All Parents Are Cursing The Summer Holidays

Tina Medlock | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Usually, by the end of the summer term, Joseph has had enough and so have I. Between September and July, I juggle the school drop offs and pick ups around work and his other social commitments and it's usually taken it's toll on me.

UK's First National 'Quiet Hour' For People With Autism To Take Place In Shopping Centres

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The UK’s first nationwide ‘quiet hour’ for people with autism will take place in shops from 2 October. The National Autistic Society’s Autism ...

An Apology To The Customers Annoyed By My Autistic Kids

Ann Hickman | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Parents
Ann Hickman

everybody banner I remember walking into a restaurant and looking for 'that family'.  You know the one.  The one with the loud children that looks like it would have disturbed my dining experience. And then I've asked to be sat away from them please.   I look into the same restaurant today and still ask to be seated away from all the other diners... but now it's because I am 'that family'. 

Dad Throws Sports Day In Garden For Son With Asperger's After Teacher Suggests He Stays Home

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Parents

A dad decided to take matters into own hands and throw a sports day for his son with Asperger’s, after it was suggested the boy shouldn’t take par...

Paddy McGuinness And Wife Christine Open Up About Twins' Autism Diagnosis

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Parents

Paddy McGuinness and his wife Christine have opened up about their four-year-old twins’ autism diagnosis. The ‘Take Me Out’ star, who is dad to ...

Could I Be Autistic Too?

Danielle Duggins | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Duggins

I struggle, every day, to manage my thought patterns and emotions. I have felt this way all my life and I have blamed weakness, or mental health, and I have assumed it must be the way everyone is but they just cope better than I do.

Are Physically Disabled Children Invisible?

Laura Moore | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Moore

everybody banner It is not easy to cater for all disabilities individually, I agree, however what if we start to cater for the most physically disabled instead of the least? If we are doing that then by default we will be including everyone won't we?

‘Springwatch’ Presenter Chris Packham Opens Up About Living With Asperger’s Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Entertainment

‘Springwatch’ presenter Chris Packham has opened up about living with Asperger’s, which he was diagnosed with in 2005 at the age of 44. The cons...

What Is Pathological Demand Avoidance?

Riko Ryuki | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Riko Ryuki

everybody banner Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a sub-type of autism. Autism is a difference of neurology marked by difficulty in communication, social understanding, literal thinking and heightened sensory processes. PDA, in relation to autism, is a heightened anxious state coupled with an overactive fight, flight, freeze response.

Life On The Spectrum

Jane Taylor | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Parents
Jane Taylor

everybody banner My friend Elaine is one of the best mums I know. I don't just say this because she's my friend, I say this because it's true. Her life as a mother has brought her satisfaction and joy beyond compare, but for her, every day can be a struggle to reach the peak of that satisfaction.

I'm Not Ashamed To Sometimes Ask For Help

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

everybody banner Unfortunately, parents also have to battle and beg local services for help and equipment and, although personally to date, we've been very fortunate with our local services, I am well aware from friends and social media how the services you receive are somewhat a postcode lottery.

The Invisible Child

Eva Oliver | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Eva Oliver

everybody banner I guess I hadn't wondered until now where those plot-lines were - about children with a chronic health condition, a genetic condition, a physical disability or an invisible disability. Not the medical documentaries, but the ordinary programmes. Which is kind of ironic, given that I am mum to an amazing girl with autism, who has severe communication issues but shines a light into the world.

Perfect Parenting

Tina Medlock | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

everybody banner Parenting. A funny old game isn't it? Well actually, there is a reasonable amount of time where it isn't actually funny, it's just bloody hard. It doesn't matter whether you are parenting an only child, a whole brood of them, one (or two) with a disability or a step-parent; it brings its challenges.

Why This Boy With Autism Bringing His Mum A Fork Meant So Much To Her

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has shared why she cherishes the moment her son, who has autism, brought her a fork. Chrissy, from California, US, who blogs at Life with Greyso...

Christine McGuinness Reveals 4-Year-Old Twins Have Autism In Touching Birthday Poem

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Parents

Paddy McGuinness’ wife Christine has revealed their four-year-old twins have autism. The mum-of-three wrote a touching poem for Leo and Penelope on ...

Five Things I Would Advise Myself Post Autism Diagnosis

Tina Medlock | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Whether your child has special needs or not, you do not parent exactly the same as a friend would. As all people with autism are different, parents are too and because one strategy or style works for one parent, doesn't mean it has to for you. Don't feel afraid to be different yourself.

6-Year-Old Boy With Autism Wows 'This Morning' Presenters With Impressive Geography Knowledge

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Parents

A six-year-old boy with autism impressed presenters on ‘This Morning’ when he scored top marks on a tricky geography quiz live on TV. Jayden Binkl...

I Gotta Feeling

Tina Medlock | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

My parents may have had that ambition for me as I know they tried me with it when I was only three years old, yet the report card said "pleasant little babe but wants to do her own thing". This may not come as any surprise to some and maybe explains some of Joseph's own behaviour which is not apportioned to his autism. Just a genetic inheritance of strong-willed genes.

Back When I 'Just Knew'

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

That's not easy to come to terms with. I love Brody with all my heart and I know that everything happens for a reason. But sometimes I wish I knew what that reason was. No diagnosis means no prognosis after all. Still, having others to talk to who can relate really helps. It can make you feel less isolated in a world of unknowns.