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Why I Hate End of Term as a Parent of an Autistic Child

I love when the clocks go forward, the weather is warmer and the nights lighter,…

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Autistic Pride Day - Because He’s Worth It!

Perhaps never before has humanity lived in such a self-centred, self-obsessed, self-serving,…

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Autistic Pride Day - Because He’s Worth It!

Perhaps never before has humanity lived in such a self-centred, self-obsessed, self-serving,…

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I love my Daddy because…

I love my Daddy because…

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Special Daddies

For all those years growing up dreaming of having my own family and becoming a mum,…

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The Humanity Quotient

I’ve been reading again: always a risky activity, because reading starts me…

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Public Inconvenience

This is the key to a day out together for my son and me.

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Taking the Good with the Bad

I am slowly learning to take the good with the bad. It is so easy to dwell on all…

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Three Tools for Mental Health

I have been on antidepressants ever since being diagnosed with depression as a teenager.

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The Human Swiss Army Knife

I’ve owned a Victorinox Swiss Army penknife like this since a school trip to…

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by Mark Arnold
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Mental Health Awareness

She greeted me with a warm handshake.

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by Ger Smyth
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International Day of Families

I am fortunate to have a big family – and a close one! 

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What can carers do about stress?

Being a carer and parent to a child can have a huge impact on your health.

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Stress Awareness and Support for Special Needs Families

Often the starting point for any organisation looking to be more inclusive of children…

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by Mark Arnold
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Memories and the Naughty Step

There’s a time and place for most things.

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by Ger Smyth
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Juggling Motherhood and Grief

It’s been an extremely difficult few months in the Followes' residence. 

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National Sibling Day

My brother is different.

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by Mark Arnold
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Easter

Yes, the time of year for chocolate indulgence; well, this mama is well into a successful,…

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The Impossible

“We have done the impossible and that makes us mighty.” 

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Finding His, “Thing”

Everybody has it.

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World Down’s Syndrome Day 2018 Part 3

Does the Down’s Syndrome Advantage confer any benefits on other members of…

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World Down’s Syndrome Day 2018 Part 2

Are children with Down's Syndrome really easier to raise than those with other…

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Who is She?

Who is She? She is the one we seek comfort from.

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Groundhog Day

I recently watched the film Ground Hog Day. If you haven’t watched the film,…

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Resolutions for the New Year

Out with 2017 and in with the brand new 2018.

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New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t make New year resolutions, I never keep them .I felt guilty about not…

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by Ger Smyth
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The Time was Right: Telling my son about autism

I had this perfect plan in my head of how I would tell my son about his autism diagnosis. 

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First Christmas

I am one of those people that like to have everything bought for Christmas by August.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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When Autism Requires you to Parent Differently

Yes this is a picture of my son eating his dinner while sitting on a windowsill. Hardly…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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ADHD Awareness

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects children & teens and…

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When your autistic child has no impulse control

I took my 8 year old son with me to a shop to get some basic things I needed that…

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