The challenges adults and children face eating out if they have sensory processing issues. My recent blog piece for Open Table UK explains what sensory processing disorder is, the barriers it can create to eating out, and what some restaurants are doing to help make dining out accessible to all. https://blog.opentable.co.uk/dining-out-sensory-processing-disorder/.Read More Too loud, too bright, too tasty!
Written for Bristol Autism Support and published on their website here. Anxiety affects most of us at various points in our lives, but it can become a big issue for autistic individuals, including children and young people. But what exactly is anxiety? How does it manifest and impact on our children’s lives and behaviour? How […]Read More How to help your autistic child with anxiety
“Why do I have autism?” “Can you make it go away?” “Is there a cure?” Leo wants answers, and has for years, especially when he is struggling to make sense of the world and his feelings. I have been able to give him an answer to the last two questions; “sorry lovely, no”, but that […]Read More Why? (a look at chromosome 22)
This, my friends, is a photo of five double portions of bolognese sauce ready to go in the freezer: it is REALLY fucking boring, isn’t it? Yes, yes it is. Now, imagine that your child will eat only spaghetti bolognese four or five days of the week, and the other days he eats meatballs or […]Read More The bearable weight
Oops, sorry [face palm]. I started this post in May 2016, and time, circumstance, an attention-deficit brain, the sheer monotony and hard work of dealing with all of the minutiae and massiveness of caring and advocating, depression, subsequent recovery and ACTUAL HAPPINESS stopped me writing. I don’t know why I stopped, to start again feels […]Read More The broken heart (and time)
carer ˈkɛːrə/ noun BRITISH a family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a child or a sick, elderly, or disabled person. ¹ I handed in my notice last week, and take ownership of my official Full Time Carer badge in three weeks time. In the meantime, I am doing exactly the same amount of “caring”, […]Read More So when does a parent become a carer?
First some introductions and to explain why Leo isn’t actually Leo. Leo is my son, he is seven and he is waiting for his official diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition or ASC (anyone in the know will know that this is often a long time after it should have been). He goes to mainstream school, he has […]Read More A bit about why Leo isn’t actually Leo.
I haven’t just started being a parent – that started in November 2007 when I stubbed out a last cigarette the day after finding out I was pregnant. I haven’t just started caring either – that started not long before, but this is the first day a new role has been decided for me by me – […]Read More The start.