My child is not ignoring you. He is waiting for you to enter his world

A few years back Jude spent most of his time at home disengaged. Often it felt like he was trying to avoid me, leaving the room when I’d try to go and play with him.…

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Why birthday parties aren’t always fun

Birthday parties and autism can be a difficult mix. A party is a big change from a regular day and can lead to an overload of the senses. Suddenly there are all of these extra people,…

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Why I’m scared that school starts tomorrow

We’ve almost made it. Summer holidays are nearly over, and tomorrow school is about to begin! Parents and children all around the country have mixed feelings of relief, excitement, nervousness, and fear. New classes, new teachers, the…

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Why it’s ok for my 8-year-old to still use a pram

I’ve been pushing Jude along in a pram for 8 years now. There’s nothing wrong with his legs, he can run, bounce and jump just as well as any other child his age. So when…

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When two brothers just can’t be together

Autism has thrown up many challenges over the last 8 years. Some of them much greater than what I ever thought I’d have to face when I became a dad. There’s been challenges with communication, diet,…

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