Autism Awareness Day: Caring for My Brother

John Sargeant | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John Sargeant

I knew once mother hit retirement age I would become a family carer. So I lived my life - went to university, socialised and partied hard, travelled the world and met interesting people. Whether in local politics, national conventions or international conferences I have made my voice heard whether people wanted to hear or not.

How to Help Autistic Kids With English

Melanie Kendry | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Kendry

As a private tutor, I often work with autistic spectrum children in English. Many of them 'don't get' English. They might struggle to understand what they're supposed to do for homework and can become so frustrated they give up. Though they may not be dyslexic, they might not read...

What Parents of Autistic Children Will Never Tell You

Jo Worgan | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

One huge fact that we will never reveal is that we are lonely. We are often on the outside looking in, looking in at both society and our own child, unable in a way to reach both. We are isolated from society due to our caring role, lack of financial support and understanding. We are isolated from our child as we are never truly allowed 'inside'.

O'Leary Mocks Branson's 'Autism'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has mockingly suggested that Sir Richard Branson has "has some kind of autism" because he "can't make eye cont...

Let Them Not Fall Through Life's Sieve, Those Who Cannot Bob Or Weave

James Christie | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
James Christie

I survived my assault, and even managed to send my attacker home with bells ringing in his head. Andrew Young, who had a mental age of fourteen, no ground-in defensive skills, and probably lacked street smarts, was not so fortunate.

The Use of Social Media in Celebrating an Autistic Child's Birthday

Jo Worgan | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

I know Tom is not yet 6 but he has only ever been invited to one birthday party and we have never held one for him. This may change as he gets older and I always feel guilty about this although it is irrational. We do celebrate in other ways though, last year we went to his favourite farm. I am not sure where we will go this year, maybe the farm again.


James Christie | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
James Christie

It is a terrible thing to lose one's faith in one's country, and if I'd not been asked the independence question I might well have kept quiet about it, but I don't want to be queried in future days about what I did during the debate and have to reply, "well, I didn't want trouble so I just kept my head down."

Happy Birthday Colin! 1.6m Facebook Likes For Autistic Boy, 10, Who Told His Mum He Had 'No Friends' For A Party

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

More than one million Facebookers have sent birthday wishes to a little boy who told his mother he had no friends to invite to a party. Colin – ...

Why I Support Ambitious About Autism's 'Ruled Out' Campaign

Jo Worgan | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Things have to change. Autism now accounts for one child in every 88; these children cannot be forgotten or be made to fit into an antiquated system. The entire education system needs to change to meet these growing needs.

Leading Autism Diagnosis Survey Says NHS Still Not Doing Enough to Shorten Autism Diagnosis Times

Jo Worgan | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Wednesday Feb 5, Anna Kennedy OBE and Austin Hughes Senior Officer from Anna Kennedy Online, met with Dept. of Health officials to discuss the findings of their recent Autism Diagnosis Survey in the UK results.

The Joys of Poo When Raising an Autistic Child

Jo Worgan | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Well I really do not like talking about poo, it's not one of my most favourite subjects really but it certainly needs to be discussed. The problems of pooing on the toilet are I know, not only unique to my son who is aged 5 .

Life - The Art of 'Making It Up'

Phil Evans | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phil Evans

In my experience, care homes can be joyous, vibrant places. And re-injecting spontaneity back into the home can rapidly have a positive effect on the wellbeing of both individuals and the whole community.

A Large-Scale Research Project Into Early Signs of Autism and ADHD Is Long Overdue

Dr Emily Jones | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Emily Jones

On Thursday 23 January, my team at the Babylab at Birkbeck, University of London, together with similar teams from across Europe, is launching a new study of infants with older siblings with autism or ADHD. For infants with an older sibling with autism or ADHD, the chances of also having one of the conditions may climb to 20%.

The Day I Found My Voice: Becoming the Father My Family Needed

Steve Edwards | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Edwards

There were nights the crying got so bad, I hoped my son would stop breathing altogether. There were worse nights than that. And the guilt I felt- for those thoughts, and for my inability to help my son- further fuelled my suffering. I felt as though I deserved to hurt. Then one day in our son's second year, my wife convinced me that we should take him to the clinic...

Our Tactile Sensory Suitcase From Cerebra

Jo Worgan | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

This week we received a tactile sensory suitcase from the charity, Cerebra. I have had the pleasure in using many of Cerebra's fantastic services over the past couple of years to help both myself and my young autistic son.

Autism: The Return to School After the Christmas Break

Jo Worgan | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

This week signals the end of the Christmas holidays and the return to school. I love having my children home for the holidays but I absolutely dread the return to school. For my youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum this total change in routine is very upsetting for him and you can visibly see his anxiety levels rising.

We Shouldn't View Sherlock as an Autistic Savant

Mat Greenfield | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mat Greenfield

The fictional consulting detective can never be conclusively diagnosed but an increasing number of people seem to take it as read that he's autistic, even those who should know better.

Soft Play Session for Children with Special Needs

Jo Worgan | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

We recently attended a private play session at a local soft play centre; this was for children with additional and special needs, their siblings and parents. My youngest son Tom, aged 5 has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Dru Empowered

James Christie | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Christie

What is so darned difficult about writing a strong female character like Buffy and, incidentally, having her relate to other strong female characters in the show - Willow, Cordelia, Anya, Jenny Calendar, Lilah, Darla etc. There have been characters of such resilience in film and TV before.

The School Christmas Play and Autistic Children

Jo Worgan | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

This year Christmas at school is a happy occasion. Tom is taking part in the Christmas festivities at school, he attends Hillside Specialist School for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Longridge Preston and he is a different little boy to a year ago all because of this wonderful school.

Confusion Within the NHS Regarding the Use of Autism Diagnostic Tools

Jo Worgan | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Professionals are confused as to what diagnostic tool to use. They believe that the whole diagnostic system is not clear. They state that the NHS recognise and should use the ICD-10 diagnostic tool but that professionals within the NHS 'state they diagnose to what the DSM-V states and often misunderstanding what is within it.'

Lawrence of Asperabia

James Christie | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Christie

The day I was diagnosed, my psychologist (a highly-experienced man who'd dealt with hundreds of Aspergers) told me unequivocally that he'd once seen Lawrence of Arabia and that T. E. Lawrence (as written by Robert Bolt and played by O'Toole) had displayed unmistakable symptoms of Aspergers.

Anna Kennedy Online: Largest UK Survey on Autism Diagnosis, Now Let's Hope the Government Takes Action

Jo Worgan | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

One of the key findings from the survey was the length of time many parents and carers had to wait in gaining a diagnosis; over half the recipients had to wait over five years. This is disgraceful. Early intervention as we all know is absolutely vital in giving these children the absolute best start in life. By delaying the diagnostic process these chances are diminished.

The Singer and the Syndrome

James Christie | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

Ms. Boyle and myself (Susan is 52, I am 49) were already in our twenties and struggling to make sense of an often uncaring and, yes, bullying world with no idea we had the syndrome, no knowledge that there were relevant charities to turn to and nothing else to do but struggle along.

Asperger Syndrome: What Is It And Why Is It So Hard To Diagnose?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

With the revelation that Susan Boyle has Asperger Syndrome, the question for many is why it took so long for her condition to be diagnosed. The si...