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I raced home from work today to catch ‘Loose Women’ since it’s not every day that autism gets a shout out, especially in the form of stunning Christine McGuinness! What struck me was not only how little the panel and I am assuming the general public really knew about what it might be like to take a simple trip to the shops with an autistic child, but also the fact that it’s not something people who do not live with autism in their families ever really think about, why would they? I certainly didn’t think about it, at all, until...

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Conkers or pine cones? What’s it for you? I cannot stop myself from picking up conkers. I am addicted. And I am pretty sure I am not alone on this one. So silky smooth, round and gorgeous. Yes, I know they lose their shine and shrivel up just as soon as you have them displayed in a glass bowl but, I still have to pick them up. I wish my furniture looked like them! Cringeworthy set-up of a photo here what with the merchandise thrown in and all. In my defence, I have just been for a long head-clearing walk and...

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Telling someone about your autism or putting a message on clothing items or an accessory to wear or keep on you is not labelling. It is a way of explaining something about yourself (or your child) that is not visually recognisable to others who will need to know in order to understand how to interact/help/teach/work with/know you (your child) better.        A parent of a child who had a mild hearing problem or sensitivity to light or difficulty sitting still, would tell the teacher because it is something about their child that the teacher needs to know so...

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Giving always makes one feel SO good. It's a therapy in a way. Whether its giving in the form of a meal for friends or a birthday gift or thank you card, or simply volunteering your time, or even just a compliment to a stranger (who in todays world would only think you're a weirdo). It just does make anyone feel really good about themselves and we could all do with a bit of that now couldn't we? There is also the giving that we don't even know we're doing, as in with our friends, that makes friendship such a...

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Transitioning. An impressive looking and sounding word, is it not? I have only now looked it up in the Oxford Concise and the definition goes like this: Transition = “the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another”. Interesting synonyms were: change, move, passage, adjustment, shift, switch. And then it goes into the whole gender transition thing…The definition is straightforward enough and makes perfect sense, most parents have heard of it re the move from primary to high school. However, I clearly remember standing at the entrance to Henry’s specialist ‘school’ in Singapore when he...

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