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
This is a bit overdue, but 2020 has been a bit extra, hasn’t it? I survived though; it would seem that facing possible cancer and definite surgery as a single mum isn’t an unbearable weight after all, but just one that is hard to bear. And the people who love you and care for you […]Read More The unbearable weight: part 2. I am not a Tuesday Girl.
Anna is a life coach for parents and has shared some of her journal entries with 19 Stories. Here is the first of her two entries into the pandemic archive. Anna Halsall lives in inner London, with her partner, who is a GP, their 1 year old and her 9 year old from her previous […]Read More Anna’s story: An army of mothers
Now here is one you have never heard before: being a single parent is hard. You have to be very strong, like all of the time. You grow the thickest skin ever. Some may even say you develop the ability to be unshakable and unstoppable. You may seem like nothing ever throws you. Your children […]Read More The unbearable weight of being alone and infallible (part 1)
I have a confession. I hate Christmas so much this year that I involuntarily flipped the birdy and muttered “fuck you” at the fairy lights after I hung them up in the porch last night. Thank god the kids were in the living room watching Youtube. To be honest I could never have won the […]Read More What happens when you are a single parent and you aren’t feeling Christmas? (Asking for a friend)
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.