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Jo Worgan

Columnist at Lancaster Guardian, writer and blogger

Jo Worgan is a Senior Writer and Current Events Reporter for the Online Autism Daily Newspaper, Autism Daily Newscast www.autismdailynewscast.com. She is also a freelance Columnist for the regional newspaperthe Lancaster Guardian. She has self published two books about her youngest son who has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The Joys of Poo When Raising an Autistic

The Joys of Poo When Raising an Autistic Child

Well I really do not like talking about poo, it's not one of my most favourite subjects really but it certainly needs to be discussed. The problems of pooing on the toilet are I know, not only unique to my son who is aged 5 .
06/02/2014 12:52 GMT
Do We Really Need to Find a 'Cure' for

Do We Really Need to Find a 'Cure' for Autism?

I look at ways in which to enable and help my son Tom, live his life to the best of his ability with the use of early interventions, sensory play activities and the use of visual timetables. I find the word 'cure' and the connotations of this that a person on the autistic spectrum can be made 'all better' and therefore fixed very unsettling.
24/01/2014 17:07 GMT
Our Tactile Sensory Suitcase From

Our Tactile Sensory Suitcase From Cerebra

This week we received a tactile sensory suitcase from the charity, Cerebra. I have had the pleasure in using many of Cerebra's fantastic services over the past couple of years to help both myself and my young autistic son.
14/01/2014 10:23 GMT
Autism: The Return to School After the Christmas

Autism: The Return to School After the Christmas Break

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.
07/01/2014 12:55 GMT
Soft Play Session for Children with Special

Soft Play Session for Children with Special Needs

We recently attended a private play session at a local soft play centre; this was for children with additional and special needs, their siblings and parents. My youngest son Tom, aged 5 has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
31/12/2013 11:53 GMT
The School Christmas Play and Autistic

The School Christmas Play and Autistic Children

This year Christmas at school is a happy occasion. Tom is taking part in the Christmas festivities at school, he attends Hillside Specialist School for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Longridge Preston and he is a different little boy to a year ago all because of this wonderful school.
19/12/2013 11:23 GMT
Confusion Within the NHS Regarding the Use of Autism Diagnostic

Confusion Within the NHS Regarding the Use of Autism Diagnostic Tools

Professionals are confused as to what diagnostic tool to use. They believe that the whole diagnostic system is not clear. They state that the NHS recognise and should use the ICD-10 diagnostic tool but that professionals within the NHS 'state they diagnose to what the DSM-V states and often misunderstanding what is within it.'
18/12/2013 10:14 GMT
Why I Support Kevin Healey, Leading Autism Anti Bullying

Why I Support Kevin Healey, Leading Autism Anti Bullying Campaigner

Many people ask me why I support Kevin as my son is only five years of age; the answer that I give is that he will become an adult on the autistic spectrum. I have no idea about how he will adapt to life as an adult and what level of support he will need, none of us know what the future holds.
03/12/2013 12:53 GMT
Life with Tom on the Autistic

Life with Tom on the Autistic Spectrum

I am a mum to two young sons, aged very nearly seven and five years old. My youngest son Tom has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Having him literally changed my life. However this is not a doom and gloom story, life changed that is all. It's not all bad.
29/11/2013 12:01 GMT