UK Autism

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 13.06.2017 | 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.

7 Things Parents Of Children With Learning Disabilities Wish You Knew

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents

Shockingly, 70% of parents whose children have a learning disability have felt unwelcome in public when out with their child, almost two-thirds have m...

Living With Very Challenging Behaviour

Jodie Eaton | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jodie Eaton

Three years ago my daughter was undiagnosed. The pre-school she attended had no concerns and neither did her teachers in year 1. We were in limbo di...

Products SEND Parents REALLY Want!

Laura Rutherford | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

My friend and I often joke that if we were entrepreneurial enough, we'd set up a store for the disabled community with an array of products at affordable prices. Someone is missing a trick! There are so many products not on store shelves that I know would sell! And why are we so often ripped off?

Seeing The Election Like A Book: How Asperger Syndrome Gives Me A Different View Of The General Election

Lydia Suffield | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

As a kid with AS, who suffered from limited empathy and theory of mind as a result, stories were always how I understood the world. I learnt empathy through fictional characters, through taking dilemmas I found in stories and applying them to my real life. (This created some problems when I went through the customary Enid Blyton phase. Most people don't describe things as "spiffing.")

How Robots Can Help Us Embrace A More Human View Of Disability

Dr Thusha Rajendran | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Thusha Rajendran

Modern technologies can offer greater equality, more opportunities and a better lens through which to view disabilities. Imperfection is nature's insurance policy - something we should bear in mind the next time we judge both others and ourselves.

Life From A Different Angle

Tina Medlock | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

It's a known fact that most parents love to brag about their kids and since the inception of social media, that task has proved easier to do and reaches a far wider audience than a text or heaven forbid, a face to face conversation.

When Adoption, Attachment, Autism And ADHD Collide

Laura Morrissey | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Morrissey

Eric now proudly holds many labels, non of which fully encapsulate him. The autism label helps him have 4 hours 1:1 support once a week, the ADHD gives him medication that helps to calm down his busy brain, allowing him to think before he acts - most of the time.

Mum Thanks Flight Attendant For Being A Friend To A Boy Who 'Doesn't Have Too Many Of Those'

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has publicly thanked a flight crew who went “above and beyond the call of duty” to help her son, who has autism, feel special. Christine Bus...

The Sleep Thief

Tina Medlock | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

It's been a while since I dedicated a whole post to my favourite, lack of sleep. So this post comes hot off the press with my eyes still half shut, tapping the keys with resentment in my belly.

How One Boy With Autism Changed The Way I See The World

Takuya Maruyama | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Takuya Maruyama

There are so many people, like Naoki and myself, who are struggling to find a way to live with enormous challenges. Together, I hoped we might be able to help and guide people in today's world, because disability, disease, accident and bereavement are life-changing events that we all have to face.

Oxford Uni Apologises After It Was Accused Of Calling People With Autism 'Racist'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Oxford University has apologised after it was accused of suggesting that people with autism are “racist”. The university sparked controversy earl...

The Lack Of Answers When Your Child Is Undiagnosed

Laura Rutherford | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Or at least if they don't know the answers straight away, they will in the end. It's not easy to process the reality that they can't always figure things out. That there are unknowns and sometimes - no matter how many tests - some syndromes are so rare they are a needle-in-a-haystack hard to find.

Mum Overwhelmed By The Way This Dog Transformed The Life Of Her Son With Autism

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has revealed how a pet dog transformed the life of her seven-year-old son who has autism. She explained her son, Joel, found going outside a “...

Jaco Steals The Show On BBC Breakfast During Autism Discussion

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Parents

Richard Mylan and his son Jaco are on a mission to raise awareness about the common but often misunderstood condition, autism. And if the response to...

Oxford Uni Accused Of Targeting Autistic Students After Calling Lack Of Eye Contact 'Racist'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Oxford University has been accused of targeting autistic staff and students, after it claimed that avoiding eye contact can be a sign of racism. The u...

An Early Autism Diagnosis Changed My Daughter's Life

Stacey Lerner | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Lerner

My daughter, Ava, was just shy of three years old when she received her autism diagnosis. I remember sitting in our developmental pediatrician's office and hearing the word "autism" leave her mouth with a sense of unforgettable finality. As a mother, I was at a loss. But three years later, that early diagnosis has changed everything for the better.

My Son's Autism

Laura Rutherford | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

If you're walking a similar parenting path to mine, you've quite possibly heard the saying: "you meet one person with autism; you meet one person with autism". Sometimes I think that only those who really know someone with autism get how little others understand this.

Why Are We (Still) Waiting? Delaying Autism Assessment Isolates Parents And Puts Children At Risk

Makeba Garraway | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Parents
Makeba Garraway

We have finally been given an appointment for our four year old son's autism assessment, and while I'm glad the 15 month wait will soon be over, I'm left thinking about what a huge disservice is currently being done to pre-diagnosed autistic children and their families across the UK.

Dad Watches Tearfully As His 12-Year-Old Daughter With Autism Makes Friends With A Stranger

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents

The moment a 12-year-old girl with autism found a connection with another child at a playground moved her father to tears. The dad, from New York, US,...

Friendship

Tina Medlock | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Having school friends around for tea or going to their house is not a regular occurrence for us. Joseph has never had those kind of relationships and when I ask if we wants to invite someone he politely says "No, thank you".

To Accept Autism You Have To See Beyond It

Danielle Duggins | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK Parents
Danielle Duggins

My son is not a problem. He is not a health and safety risk, a difficulty to manage or an obstacle to overcome. He is not a disability. He is not a neurodevelopmental condition. He is a little boy who fears and loves, who laughs and cries.