It didn’t Matter at All

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By Annette Bragg.

Honey and Tom
Went for a walk.
Honey was small and Tom couldn’t talk.

They wandered through
The forest
Honey chattered non stop
My favourite horse is ainsley
He goes clip clop, clip clop

Tom smiled at honey
And followed along.
He inspected the trees
And the ground they walked on

They walked through the trees
And climbed over a wall
They didn’t notice
Night beginning to fall.

The walked and they walked,
Until honey said
“We’d better ...

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Experiencing the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

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

Today I was planning for an appointment I had on my schedule for tomorrow. I arranged childcare and my travel route. I planned what to wear and what to dress the children in. I 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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One word that ruined our day.

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After taking my children to the park I decided to take them for a meal, so we went to a local café. They’d had a day of splashing in the paddling pool and playing on the slides and swings and were all played out, tired and ready to eat.

 

We are sitting there enjoying our meal and at a nearby table a young woman appears to be enjoying hers. The toilet door opens and a child of about four years old ...

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From One Mother to Another

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From one mother to another.

 

I understand in a way what you think you are trying to do.

You believe you are healing your child and saving them

You have heard the words “Autistic Spectrum Disorder” and like us all you paniced.

You wanted to help make life easier and more bearable for your child, you looked into therapies, vitamins and diets. You heard about Biomedials , and then you stumbled upon a book that you believed held all the answers.

A book by one ...

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Fitting in versus standing out.

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As a child I remember feeling so very different to the other girls. They weren’t interested in insects and animal hospitals. They ran screaming from my pet snail Molly  whom I painted red with white spots.

I would try all day to fit in at school but was bullied constantly. I was the butt of most jokes and gravitated to the other misfits present in my school year.  One  no one would play with  as she smelled of urine and another ...

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A Parents Guide to A Spectrum Teen

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Being on the Autistic spectrum can leave us adrift socially often seeking what could be perceived as strange or odd ways of socialising. We may start a conversation by blurting or mentioning a particular interest we have and may not realise the person listening is not interested.
Being a teenager with Autism can be very challenging socially. There are strange rituals to engage in and unseen rules to abide by. Speech these days can be bewildering, people say “Shut up!”while ...

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A Letter to my son

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The other day we posted an article link on to our Facebook page from The Guardian, featuring a letter from a Dad to his child who has autism. It was a heart-felt, almost despairing and searingly honest letter about how their lives had utterly changed and how distressed parenting a disabled child could make him feel.

The post struck a chord with another parent of a child with autism, but not because she felt the same way. Emma Dalmayne is on ...

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4 Tips for When Children With Autism ‘Shut Down’

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Source: http://themighty.com/2015/06/4-tips-for-when-children-with-autism-shut-down/#ixzz3gOL6CQrT

You’re out shopping with your child. It’s busy, so lots of people are walking past with shopping carts and baskets. They’re all wearing different varieties of clothing, textures and contrasting colors. Some of them have on deodorant or perfume. Some don’t, but should.

There’s bright packaging and tins on the shelves, different smells of bakery bread and doughnuts. People are discussing what to have for dinner, a baby screams and someone laughs loudly. Tinny music plays, machines beep and the ...

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