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Thinking casually about therapy for parents/caregivers of autistic children and how we deal with the sleep deprivation, exhaustion and stress be it coffee, sleep, wine, spa days, reading, exercise etc. Plus highlighting what summer holidays can be like for families living life with autism and recommended t-shirts, accessories and reads.

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My knowledge and experience with children who have autism do not go beyond Henry on a personal level, and a class of 9 or so beautiful students who are older and attend an autism unit attached to a mainstream primary that I only volunteer at one day a week. Trust me, us autism Mums do not exactly organise play dates! This is a shame in a way since I remember needing those Mums and babes get-togethers and toddler playdates so much with my other two children. They keep you sane and connected and informed and supported. And that is SO...

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People generally know about or have at least heard of the 'Autism Spectrum' or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and the rumours, all true, that it is a very broad spectrum ranging from the mild (children who are high functioning and attend mainstream schools or autism units attached to mainstream schools that are like gold dust in the UK I might add), to the severe (children who attend autism specialist schools, also like gold dust, or special education provisions for varying disabilities for the severe and profound), on the other end. Some countries refer to it as an umbrella and they...

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Wow, where do I begin? It's hard for me to even think about this and remember so let's just get it over with, it will be good for me. I will be honest and say that I had no idea what autism was until it came to be in my own son. I recognised the name 'autism' but naively thought it was a Downes Syndrome type disability that was instantly visually recognisable. I had never met anyone who told me they had autism or Aspergers or even an ASD child, and if they did I was completely unaware, in fact,...

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Hello and welcome. I sound like the headmistress of a school...but, really, hello and welcome.  I guess the idea for Autism Threads clothing apparel came about from the many occasions where I wish I had the words "I have autism" tattooed across my now 7-year-old sons' forehead. Or at least had the guts to suggest that's what I do to the rather judgemental and unforgiving public out there. I kinda put the shoe on the other foot as it were, and thought, well, how would I know if a child had autism or not just by looking at them? And if...

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