When a Cashier Went Out of His Way to Help My Child’s Sensory Overload

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To the cashier named Aviv at Tesco Woolwich,

My family and I were having a busy shopping trip. My son who’s autistic was having a difficult time because your store didn’t have the right snacks he wanted. The wrapping was different and he finds change hard.

We had reached the checkout, which you happened to be at, and he experienced a shutdown that was triggered by sensory overload. All the sounds — the freezers buzzing away nearby ...

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5 Reasons I like being Âûtistic

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I am a mother who’s been diagnosed with Asperger’s, and I have autistic children. 

I wrote this account of positives because I believe these are strengths I have. I see too many negatives in the media about autism, so enjoy these positives and see if you recognize yourself or your child.

1. I can hyper focus. I can zero in on every grain of sand as it trickles through my fingers. I see colors brightly and instead of hurrying ...

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Why Parenting Blogs About Autism and Grief Don’t Sit Well With Me

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I am autistic, and I have autistic children — and yes, I get it.

I get that sometimes it can be hard.

I understand that it’s frustrating as a parent not to understand what your child wants, and it can hurt to see your child left out of things by their neurotypical peers.

I used to feel like that. It would sadden me to think that my son couldn’t attend a birthday party without having violent meltdowns ...

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How to tell your kids they’re Âûtistic

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When our children are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, we go through so many different emotions, such as relief as we realize we were right and think that they may now get more help. We will later discover how hard we have to fight for it! We know our children are quirky and willful, and we believe they are perfect.

But how do our children feel? How do you tell your own child that he or she is on the spectrum?

Your ...

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The Confusion Between Autism and Co Morbid Conditions

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The Confusion Between Autism and Co Morbid Conditions

I was asked today by a member in my support group what the difference between autism and learning difficulties. They had been informed by a well known autism charity that autism is a learning difficulty. This is not the case at all and I felt the need to break down exactly what autism is and how other co morbid conditions that can come with it can be  intertwine with ...

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The Quiet Artist.

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While browsing the many Facebook Autism groups I belong to I saw the most beautiful piece of art posted, I contacted the artist, David Slater and asked if I could possibly feature some of his work on my website? He agreed, I’m happy to say and I have the pleasure of many pieces of his work in my autistic artists galley.

I became curious about this quiet and extremely talented artist who has never exhibited his work ...

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Anxiety and Autism

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Anxiety and physical symptoms

As an autistic adult I suffer from anxiety if routines are changed and it can manifest with physical symptoms.

Today I was planning for an appointment I had tomorrow, I had arranged childcare and my travel route. I had planned what to wear and what to dress the children in, had sorted out our fares and looked online at google maps to visually see where I was going so I was mentally prepared.

I decided to ring up as ...

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Today I threw a carrot cake.

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Luckily it was in its box so it was ok.

Early this morning my eldest son went to ask for an Autism assessment, the GP declined which means I have to go down there with him and attempt to explain to the doctor what my son obviously was not able to communicate.

My daughter had terrible anxiety and vomited a lot as she started her induction week at college today and I asked the local family support toy library for permission to ...

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Remembering the Amazing

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Remembering The Amazing.

As an autistic mother to wonderful neurodiverse autistic children I keep a keen eye on articles on social media and there are many positive wonderful blogs out there, ones that celebrate and promote acceptance and pride in autistics and autistic life.

Wonderful humorous and often heart rendering accounts of life with a spectrum child, the love and challenges listed with a respect to the child and all involved.

Occasionally though, there ...

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Autistic girls, sexuality and vulnerability

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Autistic girls, sexuality and vulnerability

One thing not mentioned and often brushed aside is the need and want for acceptance and friends in girls who are autistic.

After growing up in an environment of sensory overloads, teasing and watching the popular girls breeze by with apparent ease it can be ...

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