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Tina Medlock

Mum to a 10 year old boy Joseph who has autism, trying to be the best advocate she possibly can.

Tina is mum to a 10 year old boy Joseph who has autism. She won the 2017 Bloody Awesome Parents (BAPS) SEND Newcomer blogger award. She likes to give an honest (often sweary) account of their lives dealing with autism.
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Christmas Crackered

Twelve months to the day I wrote a brutally honest piece about how our Christmas was so very different to many of our friends
28/12/2017 10:08 GMT

My Issue With The A Word

After the first series of <em>The A Word</em> I couldn't bring myself to state publicly that I liked it, because I didn't. I had a strange addiction to it and and although I know it's not bad for me, I hated the fact that I couldn't stop watching it and yet I wanted it to end.
07/11/2017 11:24 GMT

The Day My Child Ate A DIFFERENT Sandwich

Any autism parent will know about the food battles. The monotony of the same food EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Yep, you all know it. The problems it causes when eating out because there is nothing your child will eat and you cannot face the confrontation and succumb to the sensory needs of your child rather than attempting to introduce something new.
06/11/2017 17:37 GMT

Language - It Makes All The Difference To Somebody

The problem we have these days (if it's right to call it a problem), is that most people have a particular gripe with a certain word or phrase when it relates to something or someone they feel strongly about.
01/11/2017 13:32 GMT

The Long Dark Tunnel

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.
27/09/2017 13:05 BST

Welcome To Holland? What About Benidorm?

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.
14/09/2017 14:24 BST