UK Autism

From The Heart, A Letter To My Children

Vikki Hammond | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Parents
Vikki Hammond

Bailey summed it all up for me one day in the car.. "Mummy we are so lucky to have Kai, just think some people never get to experience someone like him. We are very lucky." With that sentence I felt my job was done, Kai has brought more joy into your life's than I could ever imagine.

M&S Launches School Uniform Range For Kids With Autism

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Parents

High street retailer Marks & Spencer has launched a school uniform range designed to help children with autism who don’t like putting their uniform ...

The Silent Truth Of Autism

Marijka Barber | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Parents
Marijka Barber

I'll always remember this one time in the supermarket. A mother had her toddler in the trolley and he was extremely verbal and she told him "I wish you would be quiet for one minute" and I remember thinking: "I wish my son would talk for one minute".

Autism: Useful Tips For School Teachers | Back To School

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Parents
Marcus Mitchell

​It's the little things that make teaching those with autism a little easier. Although I'm no expert. Autism is growing in awareness, it's important that it should be taught and teachers made more aware. Training teachers about autism will improve their awareness and understanding of how to address a situation or help make things easier. ​


Vikki Hammond | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Parents
Vikki Hammond

thriving families.jpg Sometimes I look at my son and realise I could not live without him, despite the physical and mental pain I sometimes feel. I am blessed I am lucky to have an amazing courageous child like Kai.

Mum's Appeal To Find Daughter's Favourite T-Shirt Works A Little Too Well

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support she received from strangers after appealing for help to replace her daughter’s favourite t-s...

Ten Must See New Acts At Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Jay Islaam | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Jay Islaam

There are plenty of big names gracing the Edinburgh Fringe right now, and there'll be celebrity acts, to suit every taste, showing off their latest productions all over the city. However, every superstar started at the bottom of the ladder and had to work their way to success, demonstrating their superiority amongst their tenderfoot peers.

Autism Life Skills

James Christie | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK
James Christie

Adult Life Skills hit the cinematic trail recently. Starring Jodie Whittaker, it's about a young woman who can't cope with a bereavement and retreats...

The 'Special Needs Price Tag'

Laura Rutherford | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

If you hate the special needs price tag as much as I do, please shout about it. Please make businesses aware that this is unacceptable. Please be part of making the change that we all need. Be bold. And be loud! Use people power. Use social media. Shout from the rooftops of Twitter and Facebook.

Ten Must See Scottish Acts at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Jay Islaam | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Jay Islaam

With Edinburgh Scotland's most popular tourist destination, the locals are used to being outnumbered by sassenachs. Things get much worse at Fringe time, and it's easy to forget there are plenty of homegrown comedians to enjoy too. Here's my recommendations for ten brilliant acts who are all as Scottish as a highland terrier chewing shortbread on Loch Lomond

Ten Most Controversial Acts at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Jay Islaam | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jay Islaam

Comedy on TV and in the clubs is safe and inoffensive. Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe is no different, because most of the shows don't exist for your ...

Ten Must See Character Acts at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Jay Islaam | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Jay Islaam

At this time of year, hundreds of middle-class drama students descend upon Edinburgh to showcase their "talent" in poorly crafted one-act plays and un...

Ten Must See Edinburgh Fringe Shows For 2016

Jay Islaam | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jay Islaam

While up in the Scottish capital, I'm hoping to see at least two comedy shows a day. It is, after all, the world's biggest arts festival, featuring the best of British and international talent - many of them free entry. So here's ten shows I'm recommending (in alphabetical order) if you're visiting Edinburgh this month...

Last of the Rare Book Cataloguers

James Christie | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

Only a few books to go and then so will I. It's been a long journey to a virtual chapel complete with stained glass windows, weeding and shelving rare books in a reading room not twenty miles from the special collection where I first learnt the library trade nearly twenty-five years ago.

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 16.08.2016 | UK Parents

A new study has warned there is a high risk of babies developing behaviour problems if mums-to-be take paracetamol after 18 weeks of pregnancy. The s...

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...