Is First Time Motherhood Wasted On First Time Mums?

Reneé Davis | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

I loved being a mum, and was so ready for it, but looking back it feels like I frittered that precious time away. I hated our old flat and we were always out - doing stuff, going places, meeting people. No wonder P was a demanding baby, she was probably over stimulated half the time.

Girl With Autism Removed From School As Parents Claim Teacher 'Called Her Fat F***'

SWNS | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Parents

An investigation has been launched over claims a teacher laughed at a teenage pupil with autism and called her a "fat f***". Patricia and Richard A...

To My Son: You Will Always Be You, Aspergers Is Just a Label

Stephanie Nimmo | Posted 16.08.2015 | UK Parents
Stephanie Nimmo

I remember when you were born, our first child, our boy, our son. We were filled with hopes and dreams for you, Daddy wanted you to be an Arsenal striker, fighter pilot and doctor all rolled into one (it's OK, he wasn't serious, well maybe not about the fighter pilot bit...). But what we wanted most for you was to be yourself.

Three Essential Tools for Becoming a Better Parent

Reneé Davis | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

I'd like to share the three most useful tools that we've learnt along the way. As far as I'm concerned they are absolutely essential ace cards for all parents to have.

The Language of Autism

Jo Worgan | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Parents
Jo Worgan

Many parents have asked that I use the term 'with autism' rather than 'autistic', as they feel that they are 'labeling' their child. I do not see it in that way. No matter if you say 'autistic' or 'with autism', or even 'on the spectrum', ultimately they all mean the same thing, well they do to me anyway.

Surfer With Disabilities Inspires Beachgoers As He Rides Waves

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us struggle with the concept of balancing on a surfboard. But for Mitchell Solomon-Coombs, the challenge starts before he even reaches the wat...

When Helpful Advice Isn't Very Helpful

Reneé Davis | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

I'm sad. That my husband and I have to be the perfect parents 24/7 otherwise all hell breaks loose. And it does. On a regular basis. Because we can barely be good enough parents most days on this little sleep and this much stress. In my darkest moments I wonder if my marriage is strong enough to survive autism.

The One With the Little Victories

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Parents
Georgy Jamieson

His school report was warm, genuine and full of love. No he's not top of the class but he's gaining confidence everyday. It was a joy to read a report on the boy from people who actually know him and haven't just come to observe him, then think they can tell me all about him after half an hour.

Hopkins Reveals Daughter's Autism, Just Months After Attacking Young Sufferer

The Huffington Post UK | Ashley Percival | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK Entertainment

Katie Hopkins has revealed that her daughter suffers with autism - just two months after she publicly attacked a child with the condition. SEE ALS...

9 to 5 or 14/27?

James Christie | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

As I once wrote in Dear Miss Landau, "have you ever met one of those people who always end up standing in the kitchen at parties? The geeky weirdo wit...

The Novel That Does for Autistic Girls What 'Curious Incident' Did for Boys

Sarah Wild | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Parents
Sarah Wild

We are so proud of our story it's hard to put into words. When it was published the girls gathered in my office and looked through the book saying things like "Oh that's my bit" or "I drew that!" I'm not sure as a headteacher you get many days in your career that are better than that.

Can't Help Won't - Pathological Demand Avoidance SyndromeΩ

Neil Ayres | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Parents
Neil Ayres

A complex syndrome on the autism spectrum is receiving increasing attention from researchers and educators - those with the condition and their families hope that front-line clinicians won't be far behind.

Teens With Autism Are Being Bullied, Abused And Robbed By Their 'Friends', Research Finds

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Lovett | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

New research has shown that teenagers with autism are being subjected to a high level of ‘mate crime’ - being robbed, abused and bullied by so-cal...

The Two 'Perfect Words' To Say To A Parent Whose Kid Has Autism

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Parents

A mother-of-three has written a touching blog post with advice on what you should say to a parent whose child has been diagnosed with autism. Mand...

It's Official, My Daughter Has Autism

Reneé Davis | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

Nowadays she rarely sleeps through, and she is six next week. On top of all this she never outgrew the toddler meltdowns, and her violent outbursts have been steadily getting worse.

My Message to George - Protect Disabled People from Benefit Cuts

Mark Lever | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Lever

David Cameron has spoken of his belief in a 'compassionate nation' - one that protects the most vulnerable. If his Government is serious about this, they need to make sure that they protect all disability benefits and housing benefit for younger disabled people. Only then will people on the autism spectrum receive the support they need to live independent and fulfilling lives.

Autistic Teen Beaten Up By Bullies Gives Everyone A Lesson In Forgiveness

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Gough | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A gang of bullies beat up teenager Gavin Joseph, who has autism, for being different. Yet the only thing truly different about him was his response. ...

The Simple Request That Meant This Boy With Autism Could Go To A Birthday Party

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Parents

Tricia Rhynold had always felt the need to turn down birthday party invitations sent to her son, who has severe autism spectrum disorder, - until she ...

Life on the Spectrum - a Parent's Perspective

Kate Shippey | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Parents
Kate Shippey

We learnt that our lives had changed. We learnt that we had to assess our every move when he was with us. We found out about places that he couldn't tolerate. We learnt that the lights buzzed to loud in one restaurant, that the tables were too close together in another.

Man With Asperger's Describes What 'Sensory Overload' Is Like

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

"I’m inhumanly good at self intelligence tests," says Louis Morel. "But every time I leave the house or see a new human being I get overloaded wi...

Kennedy, Far From Camelot

James Christie | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
James Christie

I met Charles Kennedy once. I also met Benito Mussolini. One of these statements is true. The other one is a bit of an exaggeration, but not as much ...

Father Finds 'Upsetting' Photos Of Daughter With Autism At School

SWNs/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Bevan/Amy Packham | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Parents

A father has expressed his anger after finding "upsetting" photos of his daughter with autism in a file at her former school. Alan Evans, 51, asked...

Parents Should 'Not Worry' About Study Into Autism 'Risk Factors', Says Charity

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Parents

A large study on parental age and autism revealed teenage mothers and older parents are most likely to have children with autism. Couples with lar...

Cyberbullying in the 21st Century

Kevin Healey | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Tech
Kevin Healey

I've been on social media now for about 15 years. I first went on MySpace, then Facebook and joined Twitter when it was launched. I use social media...

D-Day the Sixth of... Sturgeon?

James Christie | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
James Christie

Regarding Nicola Sturgeon's recent appearance on Panorama, what I find most interesting is one small detail - namely that her views on Trident haven't...