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I have this part of an autism podcast I listened to still ringing in my ears…something along the lines of diagnostic criteria for assessing autism in children & adults still being traditionally based purely on white males. My thoughts have since spiralled or digressed to society in general & perhaps because of similar such criteria for example baby milestones, education levels, it has led me to thinking how we all expect children to largely be just like what they describe in films as an “all-American kid” ie healthy, sporty, well mannered, clever, ambitious, good children. And that it’s this that...

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Who knew there could be so much to say about lanyards? Brace yourselves… First & foremost a complete rant. I did not ever expect to be saying this. There are people out there, right now, abusing the use of the hidden disabilities Sunflower Lanyards. Yes, seriously, I’ve heard stories about people admitting (as if it's almost cool, funny, clever, who knows) using them to excuse wearing a face mask that “smudges their makeup”; shop assistants just not wanting to wear masks all day long; others using them to cheat & get fast tracked through airports, concerts etc. I mean are...

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Inconsistency is something I often moan about when it comes to raising an autistic child & striving to help them make progress. It’s not quite the same developmental journey we are used to where one builds on stages of progress one step at a time. There are regressions, setbacks, hurdles, shifts & new sensory issues that come & go all the time. Closely related to this & the thing that can make a parent of an autistic child stress beyond regular levels is going out and about in public for an occasion/activity/errand/trip. The intense planning; hyper vigilance; praying everything goes...

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Creating a safe, calm space in your home can really help autistic children relax. Here are some tips from Rachel Clinkard at the shoe retailer Charles Clinkard, for calming sensory spaces within your house. There are around one in 100 people on the autism spectrum worldwide, and there are 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, according to the National Autistic Society. Autism is a developmental disability which affects how people interact with the world, and many autistic people experience over- or under-sensitivity to light, sounds, colours, touch, and tastes. Therefore, it can be extremely useful to create a...

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The title chosen because it reminds me of the ‘Far Side’ comics by Gary Larson whose humour these days is deemed a bit controversial & well, so is the way we laugh over my nonverbal son Henry’s autism sometimes. Anyone remember The Far Side comics? Hmmm, to you younger readers who may not, all I can say is…age comes to us all! Actually, I just spotted a 2022 wall calendar! Hurrah, he’s still around, & still so hilarious/controversial/non PC but, I know that is never his intention, we should all learn to chill out & laugh lots more. Autistic people...

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