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I Support Leo Andrade-Martinez, a Mother Fighting to Bring Her Severely Autistic Son Home

Jo Worgan | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Leo Andrade-Martinez is a mother of 3 from Islington, London and 16 months ago her world was turned upside down when her son, Stephen 19 who has severe autism was placed into a psychiatric unit at St Andrew's Hospital, Northampton, which is 80 miles from their Islington home.

What Parents of Autistic Children Will Never Tell You

Jo Worgan | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

One huge fact that we will never reveal is that we are lonely. We are often on the outside looking in, looking in at both society and our own child, unable in a way to reach both. We are isolated from society due to our caring role, lack of financial support and understanding. We are isolated from our child as we are never truly allowed 'inside'.

The Importance of Parent Carer Support - the North Lancashire Directions Group Parent Carer Information Day

Jo Worgan | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

As a mum of a child with autism I know just how important it is to gain support from those around you who understand, namely other parent carers.

Autism: The Return to School After the Christmas Break

Jo Worgan | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

This week signals the end of the Christmas holidays and the return to school. I love having my children home for the holidays but I absolutely dread the return to school. For my youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum this total change in routine is very upsetting for him and you can visibly see his anxiety levels rising.

The Changing Face of the Adoption Process

Gemma Gordon-Johnson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gemma Gordon-Johnson

There's no doubt that adopting a child in England is becoming easier and quicker. Almost everyone I speak to tells me about someone they know who has had a horrendous experience of adopting years ago - whether it was the agonisingly slow process to be approved as an adopter, or the lack of support after they actually managed to adopt.

Supporting Children Following the Sudden Death of a Parent

Beth Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

The day-to-day support that children need during the grieving process is extensive and is required at a time when the other parent (in this instance, me) is at their lowest ebb. One thing that I have learnt in the last six months is that the grieving process is a very individual thing.

Work-Life Balance: Having It All?

Camilla Macpherson | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Camilla Macpherson

I'm a lawyer working in the City for a major law-firm. I have a husband, and a two-year-old daughter. Last month, my first novel was published by Random House. The question I was asked by everyone? "How on earth did you find the time?"

Why Losing Someone you Love Does not Have to be the end of the World

BritChick Paris | Posted 09.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Saying goodbye to a parent is the most difficult experience I have ever gone through. You never really know how hard it will be until it happens.

Harry Potter and the Expletive Of Doom

Vincent Fletcher | Posted 26.09.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Vincent Fletcher

Like most adults I pepper my language with colourful Anglo-Saxon phrases in the company of friends, but for 5 years I had kept my potty mouth shut within earshot of the kids and neither of them had uttered a salty word.