Comparison Is the Thief of Joy

Laura Rutherford | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

A child who is mentally 12-14 months old in a four-year-old's body is normal to us. But it's difficult for others to understand when his disabilities are - at first - invisible. Because he appears to them to be a typical four-year-old boy. I suppose, apart from the occasional what ifs, this is the hardest part. When other people get it, it's truly a real tonic.

Maybe Best for Britain?

James Christie | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Politics
James Christie

Maybe May will be able to broker the best deal for Britain - all of Britain - in the days and months yet to come. And maybe not.

Mum 'In Shock' How Pokémon Go Helped Son With Autism

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents

People of all ages are slowly becoming obsessed with the phenomenon that is Pokémon Go but for some, it’s more than just a game. Lenore Koppelmon, ...

Girl Pens Powerful Response To Those Who Can't See Beyond The 'Autism Label'

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Parents

An eight-year-old girl has penned a powerful response to those who use the term “autism” as a label to define people. Cadence from Queensland, Au...

Teacher Sends Boy With Autism Heartwarming Letter After SATs Results

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Parents

A mum whose son with autism failed his SATs exams was moved to tears by a letter from his teacher. Gail Twist, from Merseyside, uploaded a photo of th...

Shake It Off (Or Alternatively Fetch the Imaginary Voodoo Doll)

Laura Rutherford | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

When it comes to pass-remarkable comments to do with my parenting, I've tended to let them go in the past (okay, I'll admit I may have fetched my imaginary voodoo doll once or twice...). Let's be honest, pretty much all parents encounter them every so often, be it for giving in to a tantrum "too easily" or co-sleeping on a bad night.

Taking Paracetamol During Pregnancy: Everything You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Parents

A new study has reported a definitive link between expectant mothers taking paracetamol during their pregnancy and the unborn child developing autism ...

McDonald's Employee's Kind Gesture To Teen With Autism Will Brighten Your Day

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A McDonald's employee has been praised by thousands of people after going above and beyond the call of duty to help a customer with autism. The worker...

Stray Saved From Euthanasia Gets Second Chance As Therapy Dog

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A wolf-like dog has been rescued from a terrible fate and given a second chance as a service dog to a young boy. The beautiful pooch, called Sherlock...

This Video Of A Toddler's Tantrum Is Proof No One Has A Right To Judge

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Parents

A video of a toddler having a tantrum in a car park is proof no one should judge a parent for the way they discipline their children. In the video, Am...

Melanie Sykes On The 'Hellish' Search For A School For Her Son

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Parents

Melanie Sykes and her former husband Daniel Caltagirone have revealed they are still struggling to find a school for their son with autism. The TV pre...

Boy With Autism Overwhelmed By Police Officers' Gesture

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents

An eight-year-old boy with autism had a birthday party he'd always remember, thanks to a kind group of police officers. Daniel Nicastro, from Florida,...

The EU's Record on Disability? Shaky at Best

Jonathan Andrews | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Andrews

During the EU referendum campaign I've spoken with a number of politicians and campaigners on both sides, particularly on the question of disability rights; as the chairman of the youth council at a national autism charity and an advocate for disability inclusion in the workplace, this is something I naturally care about.

Heart-Breaking Photo Of Teen Celebrating Birthday Alone Inspires Emotional Appeal

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A teen left distraught after nobody attended her 18th birthday party has received overwhelming support and even gifts by well wishers after an emotion...

Looking Forward to Meeting the Queen

Adam Bradford | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK
Adam Bradford

I think there will only be one time in my life that I can say I will be able to meet the Queen in person and that time is now.

Can an App Open Up the World to Children on the Autism Spectrum?

Rachel Oliver | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Tech
Rachel Oliver

That's how a child at the Rowan School in Sheffield, whose pupils all have a diagnosis of autism, described our circus show. The pupils attended, as do all of our audiences, free of charge and with their entire family so that they can enjoy the show as a family group.

Melanie Sykes Is Struggling To Find A School For Her Son Who Has Autism

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Parents

Melanie Sykes has revealed she is struggling to find a school for her 11-year-old son, who has autism, after he recently left his mainstream school. T...

Trainee Teachers Will Now Be Taught How To Support Kids With Autism

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Parents

Trainee teachers in England will now be taught how to support children with autism following a campaign by national charities and parents. After the i...

Morrisons' Employee Is Face Of New Ad After Helping Girl With Autism

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Parents

A Morrison's employee who was praised online for helping out a girl with autism in store has become the face of the shop's latest advert. Check-out ma...

Daily Mail Columnist Apologises For 'Horrid' Comment About Andrew Marr's Disability

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK

A high profile Daily Mail columnist has apologised for apparently mocking the Andrew Marr's disability after his near-fatal stroke. Quentin Letts refe...

Why I'll Be Supporting the Let The Kids Be Kids Protest on Tuesday

Lottie Storey | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
Lottie Storey

On Tuesday 3 May 2016, parents up and down the land will be keeping their kids off school. Why? In protest at the unprecedented levels of testing that...

How LEGO Is Helping Kids With Autism Improve Their Social Skills

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Parents

Playing with LEGO can be more than just a way to prevent boredom, for some children it has the power to boost their social skills and build self-estee...

Should People Register as Autistic?

Robyn Steward | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robyn Steward

Let me try to explain. GP's computer systems have things called READ codes, they are put on to people's notes. For example there are READ codes for gender, age band (e.g 18-25), whether you are a smoker or non-smoker, aswell as specific health conditions.

The Importance of Understanding Autism

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Mitchell

Autism can have a huge effect on us and families although improving support and misjudgement can make a real difference with how we can become more accepted in life.

Boy With Autism's Heartwarming Reaction To Seeing Coldplay

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents

A boy with autism was moved to tears when he watched his favourite band Coldplay perform live for the first time. The boy's father, Luis Vazquez, film...