UK Autism

One Small Step... One Giant Leap

Tina Medlock | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Joseph, not a day passes without me contemplating your future and what life will ultimately hold for you. I know you need me to help you understand, what is very much an alien world to yours.

Dad Appeals To Internet To Find 'Star Wars' Mac And Cheese For Son With Autism

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Parents

A dad appealed to the internet for advice to find some ‘Star Wars’ shaped macaroni cheese for his son with autism who wouldn’t eat anything else...

It Is A Social Responsibility For Travel Companies, Airlines, Airports And Hotels To Review How They Support People With Autism

Jo-Ann D’Costa-Manuel | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Parents
Jo-Ann D’Costa-Manuel

Six years ago my youngest son was diagnosed with autism and in the blink of an eye all things accessed so easily were tragically snatched away. The simple task of booking a family holiday soon became something drifting quickly out of my reach.

Katie Price Hits Back At Critics Of Her Xmas Decorations, Explains Harvey Hates Change

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents

Katie Price has hit back at people who have criticised her for still having the words “happy Xmas” written on her windows by explaining it’s due...

Autism Charity 'Deeply Concerned' That Link Between Vaccines And Autism Has Resurfaced

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Parents

The National Autistic Society has said it is “deeply concerning” that discredited claims about a link between vaccination and autism have resurfac...

Film By Disgraced Anti-Vaccine Dr Andrew Wakefield Reignites Public Health Fears

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK

Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced former doctor infamous for linking vaccines with autism, has reignited public health concerns after appearing in Londo...

Sensory Processing Disorder Is Unpredictable

Laura Rutherford | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

It was only as time moved on -- when we realised that Brody had various disabilities and I had the opportunity to meet more doctors, therapists and mums walking similar paths-- that I discovered sensory issues was a thing. And that it was known to many as sensory processing disorder (SPD).

How This Boy With Autism And His Dog Taught Each Other About Love And Companionship

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has shared a touching story of how her son, who has autism formed a special bond with their family dog. The mother, who anonymously shared her s...

Beyond The Label

Tina Medlock | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

I was experiencing life as many mums do in that I felt I was there to service Joseph's basic needs; toileting and feeding. My gut instinct told me that if I wasn't there to do it then anyone else would be able to fill the gap. I'm certain Joseph liked me but it never felt anything more greater than that.

How Technology Is Helping Eliminate The Global Unemployment Epidemic In The Autistic Community

Matt Skillings | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Tech
Matt Skillings

Asperger's syndrome is a hidden disability. Walking past me on the street you would never know I had it. It's when I have to fit into a neurotypical world that the problems start. Neurotypicals are born with the skills to communicate and interact in any number of public and social situations. I was not.

An Open Letter To Theresa May: Please Put Our Children's Mental Health On Your Agenda

Reneé Davis | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Reneé Davis

Dear Prime Minister, I'm writing to you today as it's children's mental health week, and feels like an appropriate time to do so.

Stranger's Kind Gesture Proves Parents Of Children With Autism Aren't Alone

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Parents

A mum penned an open letter to a stranger who offered her some kind words when her son threw a tantrum at a hairdressers. Jaime Fahs Nystuen, from the...

If You've Met One Person With Autism, You've Met One Person With Autism

Tina Medlock | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Although I enjoy reading, I don't read a mountain of articles around autism and autism parenting, but when I do I try and open my mind to think that there could actually be something I l can earn or alter my own perspective.

Blaming Trans Identities On Autism Hurts Everyone

Jay Avery | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jay Avery

Those two approaches are not the only options, though. The best option is to allow someone to explore their feelings, support them in gaining self-understanding, and accept their identity whatever it turns out to be. It is not complicated, and it's only scary if you are still holding onto the belief that being either autistic or transgender - or, perish the thought, both - is a terrible thing to be. Which it's not. I am, along with countless others like me, living proof of that.

How My Brain Works: 14 Points On What It's Like Being 'Weird'

Ann French | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ann French

The autistic spectrum is very similar. People who also suffer from social anxiety often suffer the same feelings and situations. We don't understand a lot that other people seem to. Often we're just referred to as 'a bit weird'.

Stuck At Home Mum

Laura Rutherford | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

The sad thing is I don't even feel confident anymore going to friends' houses with the two of them. I can't sit down and leave them to wander and I can't follow them both when they go in different directions. Most friends don't need stairgates anymore or don't have to worry about things like hot drinks being grabbed or breakables being within reach.

I'm Sorry - A Letter To My Autistic Children

Jodie Eaton | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jodie Eaton

I'm sorry I couldn't be of any help today at the school when you needed the parents to pitch in to help clean up the gardens. I'm sorry I never baked those cakes I promised the kids and myself that I'd make for the cake sale.

Mum Writes Open Letter To 'The Judgers' Asking For Acceptance Of Son With Autism

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has written a poignant open letter about her three-year-old son who has autism, after experiencing negativity from other parents since his diagn...

Defending Parent Bloggers

Kelly Kemp | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Parents
Kelly Kemp

I write to keep those that care about us updated about Tink's progress (or not, as the case may be!). I write to share the funny things she does, the little things that amaze me or worry me. She's awesome and I want the world to know!

You're The Voice

Tina Medlock | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

His school notified me that there would be some more songs on the way and asked whether he would like to participate in Young Voices. For the benefit of those who have not heard of or experienced Young Voices, let me tell you a little about it.

Health: It's Time To Talk

Steve Scown | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Scown

I'm 55 and I'm hoping I've many good years of life to come. But here's a thought - a man my age with learning disabilities is quite probably entering ...

Five Things Parents Of Autistic Kids Wish People Wouldn't Say!

Kelly Kemp | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Kelly Kemp

Of course, the vast majority of people are well-meaning, but, unless they have personal experience, it can be difficult to know what to say, how to react to the news. There are several things that people will say to parents when they hear of their child's diagnosis - here are some examples and suggestions of things to try instead!

It's Not Just Paralympian Athletes Who Have To Pee Themselves

Laura Moore | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Moore

I am one of the people who didn't find that news shocking at all. In fact, in an odd way I was pleased that it had happened to someone in the public eye, someone who was brave enough to come forward and tell the media about it so that finally our voices have a chance of being heard.

A Conflict Of Needs

Tina Medlock | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

My aspiration for Joseph may be way off track but I won't stop believing he can do it. The approach I adopt may be very different to other people's but whilst ever he disproves the doubters, I shall continue to push him as far as is reasonable.

Mum Praises Hairdresser For Not Giving Up On Son With Autism Who Hates Haircuts

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has praised a hairdresser who didn’t “give up” on her son with autism who hates having his haircut. Jennifer McCafferty, from Charleston,...