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Is Comparison Really The Thief Of Joy?

There are times I have stood in a room looking at what other children could do, wishing upon wishing that mine could do the same. When Number One would small, I went through a long time avoiding contact with many of our friends with children. Seeing their children effortlessly glide through social situations, whilst for…

The Sorting Hat – Autism Through The Years

As I dropped my daughter off at a birthday party yesterday I realised just how far she had come. At three I would have doubted she would ever be invited to a party, never mind that she would want to go. At five birthday parties were fraught, Meltdowns frequent, I dreaded them more than the…

The Moment I Knew My Daughter Has Autism

In hindsight there were a million clues that should have alerted me. The moment I knew my daughter has autism should have come sooner. I was no newcomer to autism. I’d spent my University years alternating between Options and ABA, polar opposites maybe, but both positive in their own ways. I wasn’t looking for it…

Tackling Food Aversions With A School Aged Child

In our house we’ve dealt with more than our fair share of tricky eaters. Aside from Number Two’s reluctance to swallow, for many years Number One (like many children on the spectrum) ate very little. Her staples were pizza, pasta, Tesco’s grated mozzarella (and yes she did know if I bought it from Asda), and…