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!
(The frequent misdiagnosis of womxn) Imagine it is 1993. You are 16. You are obsessed with The Face magazine and rave music and you are really good at being an art student, but not much else, it would seem. You have been told all of your life you are crazily clever and you are destined […]Read More I don’t have depression: I have Attention Deficit Disorder
“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?