Announcing Pregnancy to our Autistic Son…

In August 2018 I got those two little lines that either fill a woman with excitement or fear…or in my case both. We had been trying for a sibling for J for almost 2 years and in 2017 I suffered a devastating miscarriage. So when I fell pregnant this time I was so happy to…

Gingerbread Biscuits: Baking with an autistic child.

Baking can be a marmite activity. Some children love the mess, the fun of creating and seeing your creations when baked. For others it can cause panic at the mess, the uncertainty of what happens next and upset at the fact it’s not instantaneous. J falls into the category of ‘thumbs down’ for baking. He…

How to cope with a difficult eater…

Food and eating has always been a challenge for us. It started as a baby with allergies and the stress of finding the right formula, and then got worse at 18 months when he just stopped wanting to eat all together. Now he’s 4 and his social and sensory needs play a huge part in…

Autism: Surviving a visit to Santa

Today was a day that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. We went to see Father Christmas…something I didn’t think would happen. The last time J saw Santa was when he was 1, and he cried his eyes out. When he was 2 he wouldn’t go anywhere near a grotto, when he was…

Days out: Undley Farm Pumpkin Patch, Suffolk

Today we went to Undley Farm for their yearly Pumpkin Patch adventure. This is our fourth year of going and it didn’t disappointment. Each year it seems to get bigger and bigger… Undley Farm is near Lakenheath in Suffolk. It’s easy enough to find with a sat nav and there are signs dotted about. I…

Autism: Buying new shoes…

Well the time has come where I can no longer let J continue wearing his maroon ankle boots. His feet are just too big. J often has a favourite. He is the same with shoes. When given free choice they are the shoes he goes for…sometimes he ‘favourite’ (which does change time to time) just…

Our 1 Year ‘Autism Anniversary’…then and now.

Today is a very special anniversary. It was one year today that J received his formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I can’t quite believe that a year has gone past already. The gap between starting to assessment process and getting our diagnosis was torture. I don’t mean to sound dramatic but the ‘limbo’ you…

Halloween Activities for Children Under 5

Well it’s October already. The trees are changing colours, the heating is on and the shops are full of scary masks and fake blood. This must mean that Halloween is around the corner. Gone are the days when Halloween was just one evening where you dressed in a sheet or bin bag and knocked on…