UK Autism

What Does The CBeebies New Show 'Pablo' Mean To My Autistic Son?

Ann Hickman | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK Parents
Ann Hickman

Pablo is about education. And while helping David learn, Pablo, is hopefully educating many more and creating an early understanding about what life may be like for some children. Children who may be in your kids class, or in the playground, or just like in Pablo's first appearance, at a wedding.

Thinking Outside The Neurotypical Box

Kathy Lette | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Parents
Kathy Lette

diversify What my son has taught me is that there is no such thing as normal and abnormal, just ordinary and extraordinary - and people on the spectrum have a lateral, literal, tangential logic which is truly original and fascinating.

Autistic People Are Acting Every Day - Acting Trying To Be Normal

Jules Robertson | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jules Robertson

diversify Playing Jason is helping people to understand more about autism, which is the important thing. What I want people to understand is that 'Normal' is just the setting on a washing machine. I also think that in years to come, it will be seen as just as embarrassing to cast a neurotypical person to play the Rain Main as it is now to cast a white man to play Othello in black make-up. I hope my success will encourage other autistic people to take up acting.

How This Restaurant Went Above And Beyond For A Boy With Autism

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK Parents

A mum was floored by the kindness of the staff at a restaurant who made her stepson’s day by inviting him to the kitchen to help wash the dishes. Ka...

This 10-Year-Old Won A Courage Award For His Selfless Acts Of Love Towards Disabled Brothers

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK Parents

Joe Johnson isn’t like many other kids his age. The 10-year-old has 13-year-old twin siblings, Jack and Charlie who have special additional needs, a...

You Don't Need To Shield Your Kids From My Autistic Children

Ann Hickman | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK Parents
Ann Hickman

You see, I've already seen the look when people are afraid of us. I've seen the wide birth with the eyes of horror. I've seen parents pull their kids away from our family. Not when anything serious has been happening, just when David has maybe been squealing or jumping about. Or when Anthony has been skipping a bit erratically.

6-Year-Old With Autism Hates Haircuts, So Barber Makes It An Experience He'll Love

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Parents

A six-year-old boy with autism, who hates getting his hair cut, managed to have a calm experience at the barbers after his stylist adapted his techniq...

Mum Calls Stranger On Train Her 'Hero' After He Calmed 5-Year-Old With Autism and ADHD

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Parents

A man who was branded a “hero” by a mum because he helped calm down her son, who has autism and ADHD, has inspired a campaign encouraging people t...

Neurodiversity: The Opportunity In The Workplace

Oli Monks | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Oli Monks

everybody banner Autism apparently costs the UK £32bn per year but autism need not be a drain. The conversation must change from what it costs to what a neurodiverse workplace and society can contribute. What incentives can we provide employers?

Mum Overwhelmed When Her Partner Summed Up The Advantages Of Having A Child With Autism

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Parents

A mother’s worries about what the future holds for her son were instantly put to rest when her partner shared his perspective on the advantages of h...

This Event Is Making It Easier For Children With Autism To Shop With Their Families

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Parents

For children with autism, heading out to a shopping centre can be a hugely overwhelming experience because of the loud sounds and bright lights. That...

Experts Explain Whether You Can Diagnose Autism By Looking At A Baby's Eyes

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Parents

Looking at how a baby focuses their eyes during checkups in their first year of life is not a reliable way to get an autism diagnosis, experts have sa...

The Long Dark Tunnel

Tina Medlock | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

I read so many stories about families begging for help yet here was me shoving the middle finger up to it all. And despite me shutting the door and giving the middle finger, it kept on knocking until I finally had no choice but to stop hiding behind the sofa.

Could My Child Have Asperger's? Two Experts Share How They Missed The Signs In Their Children

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Parents

Parents are being cautioned that they may be the last people to pick up on cues their child has Asperger’s, after two experts in the field revealed ...

The Parent Trap

Tina Medlock | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

I was raised thinking that anything is possible. Women don't have to stay at home and raise the kids and can go out and forge a career. I felt proud ...

How I Came Out Of The Undateables Wiser And More Confident

Rhys Jenkins | Posted 17.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rhys Jenkins

This journey has made me a stronger and a more confident person, it may not work for everyone with a disability but I felt it worked for me. I think that the show is a credit to someone like myself because it focuses on who the person is rather than how their disability affects them. To anyone with a disability I say this, this show made me confident and wiser, I got to meet someone great and if you think this show could help you to date then I encourage you to apply.

Number Of Children With Autism Being Excluded Has Risen And Its 'Incredibly Troubling'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Parents

The number of children with autism who have been suspended or excluded from school has risen. National autism charities say this increase is “incre...

One Billion People Have A Disability - Why Aren't We Supporting Them?

Adam Bradford | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Bradford

As a person diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism, I am still astonished at how there are so many problems of discrimination and lack of access to opportunity. My diagnosis came after having difficulties getting on at school. I wouldn't say that I felt different, but certainly knew that I wasn't like everyone else.

Welcome To Holland? What About Benidorm?

Tina Medlock | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

At the last-minute the stupid holiday company dropped a bollock. They booked me on a flight to Benidorm. I was absolutely gutted and was dreading it as I didn't think I would know anyone and I'd saved up my hard-earned cash for the Mexico holiday not Benners. I was slightly pissed off to say the least.

Mum's Game Makes It Easier For Parents Of Kids With Autism To Do The Weekly Shop

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Parents

A mum who created a shopping list game for her son who has autism has inspired Asda to roll it out nationwide. Jenny Barnett, from Middlesborough, who...

Mum Of Son With Autism Explains Why She Can't Tell You Whether Her Son Is Enjoying School

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Parents

A mum of a boy with autism has shared why she can’t answer well-meaning questions about whether he enjoyed his first day of pre-school. Mum Adrian W...

Something Kind Of Beautiful

Tina Medlock | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Joseph had his usual early start (05:53 approx) and crawled into bed at the side of me. As it was still dark, he did his usual trick of feeling my face and putting his fingers at the corners of my mouth to check whether I was smiling; I wasn't.

We Could Soon Use DNA To Predict Schizophrenia, Autism

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Tech

Scientists at Osaka University have discovered a potential marker within our DNA that could be used to predict complex diseases such as schizophrenia ...

Why Being Told 'You're Funny' By His Son With Autism Was So Important For This Dad

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Parents

A dad has shared why he felt “amazing” when his eight-year-old son with autism told him he was funny. Travis Saunders, from Australia, who blogs a...

The (REAL) Great Nappy Debate

Laura Rutherford | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

I can honestly say that I've lost count of the number of times I have changed my son Brody's nappy in our car boot. Trying to shield him from passers-by, some of whom almost tut at the fact that I'm doing it. Like I want to be doing it.