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Last week was my youngest and autistic son, Henry's 8th birthday, and a few days later, my own 45+ something birthday. Henry's birthday is usually met with much apprehension on my part that then turns to sadness and me feeling really low towards the evening. But not this year folks, oh no. I somehow managed to keep my .... together and just be ok with it this year, I don't really know how? Henry, you see, does not like birthdays, and I suspect many autistic children are the same. It's not so much the birthday but rather the unexpected; the change in...

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Autism parenting highs & lows from the incredible bond, fascination, humour and their brilliance to bad public perceptions, awful judgemental looks, stares & comments plus negative and hurtful behaviours. It sure is a journey and a constant fight for what's right.

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A look at my own son's autism journey so far, how much we have had to learn and understanding, respecting and being mindful of the many, many decisions autism parents make about their child's education, health, therapy, schooling, publicising, causes of etc.  is so important. It is a vast spectrum, every autistic person is different, we are a huge community, faced with a myriad of options to help our children, and if we want to unite in helping others to understand an accept autism, in general, we could all be a lot more accepting of each other and the choices we have made for own children. It's all autism and it is what it is...complicated!

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I have no idea what an ode is but, it sounds like something I must have learned at school, I hope it's not a poem, I'm rubbish at those. Anyway, in normal speak, this blog is going to be a shout out to the siblings of my youngest son Henry who is on the autism spectrum. Introducing Ben (15) and Abi (13). Thought I'd be nice about my two screenagers for once especially since it's Christmas time and all. There we were all those years ago, one boy, one girl, both so different in personality (aren't they all) and along came...

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A hot topic this one, especially around The National Autistic Society's "Autism Hour" in October each year, and one I thought I would visit now in light of Christmas and all that shopping that needs to get done. So much of what we are trying to do with Autism Threads is about providing visual cues to help change perceptions and raise awareness. Many of these perceptions take place in the public domain i.e. whilst we are out an about shopping or enjoying a meal. I wonder if sometimes friends I know aren't thinking...'well why take him shopping if he finds...

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