Thought of the day

Thought of the day. If we’d listened to others about Isla we’d have given up hope, we’d have plodded along on our journey, not expecting much to change, not doing all of the things we do, existing but not living. Even when it seemed impossible we never stopped...

Why the media reporting ‘causes’ of autism is damaging

We have all seen it. Every week there seems to be a different cause of autism reported in the media. I have heard it all over the years since autism came in to our lives:- sunlight, tuna fish, pesticides, air freshener, anxiety in mothers, household cleaning products,...

A siblings love

Yesterday afternoon I stood in the playground waiting for Billy. My friend who is a TA and whose son is one of Billy’s best friends came up to me wanting to show me a picture she had taken of Billy, her son and their other close friend with an autism aware bear that...

When even your own emotions catch you by surprise

I don't think about things like I used to. I try not to think too much. I wont allow myself to churn things over. I know from experience that thinking can eat away at you, I know because I was my own worst enemy. When Isla was diagnosed with autism I spent every...

When a Playmobil figure is more than just a toy

Look at the picture below.   What do you see? A playmobil figure, nothing more, nothing less, not uncommon, not particularly special. Only it became evident today that it is so much more. You see once a week Billy stays out at Grandma and Grandads and Isla stays home...

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Wonderful weekend away

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Excited!

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Fight or flight

Good morning everyone. I saw this over at https://www.facebook.com/Life-As-We-See-It-In-Pieces-546708425340805/ and...

Why the media reporting ‘causes’ of autism is damaging

We have all seen it. Every week there seems to be a different cause of autism reported in the media. I have heard it...

Coffee needed!

Morning...... Making my way through a bucket of the good stuff ☕️. Costa later 👍

Autistics do not lack empathy!

People often associate autism with a lack of emotion, a lack of empathy, and a lack of understanding social...

Our side of the spectrum interview 4 – Deena and family

I had the pleasure of interviewing Deena recently about her daughter Rilee and their families journey with autism....

Reviews

Dignity unflavoured toothpaste / sensory bundle

If you have a child with autism there is a big chance that you are all too aware of sensory difficulties. One of the most common issues parents have shared with me since blogging is problems with personal care- hair washing, hair brushing, teeth brushing and...

Scarlet’s little orphans and boobie bears

Scarlet's little orphans and boobie bears I want to tell you about an amazing lady, my friend Helen. Helen is actually my grandparents' goddaughter and I've known her my whole life (30 cough cough something years). Not only is Helen a very talented photographer who...

ICE seatbelt covers (in case of emergency)

When you have a child with any disability you think about things that other people don’t have to worry about, things that actually panic you and make your heart physically ache. One of these things for me was what would happen if I had an accident with the kids in the...

Conditioning Spray

Osmo Deep Moisture Dual Action Miracle Repair Spray I've seen so many people struggling with their child's hair recently. We all know that children on the spectrum can have huge issues around their hair and I regularly write about Islas hair struggles....

Waterless Shampoo

I received this product for free but am in no way paid by or connected to the company or obliged to like their product. It's common knowledge that we have a lot of issues with hair in our household. I blog about it often enough, mostly followed by another blog about...

Costa Billionnaire latte

As promised it's review time! Yesterday the hubs took me to Costa coffee. Costa we know is the elixir of life and quite frankly keeps parents like myself functioning at a reasonable level. John had his usual cappuccino, he doesn't get the Christmas flavours at all and...

Costa Salted Caramel Cappuccino

Review time! So the other day because I think a lot of you guys, I dragged my snotty, coughing, sorry backside out of the house and over to Costa coffee to continue with my market research. I know I'm kind like that. I mused over the Christmas flavours for a while and...

Costa Honeycomb latte!

This is a public service broadcast. Today the hubs took me to Costa and we all know I love a bit of Costa action. I was just about to order a Black Forest hot chocolate when I did a u-turn and decided to order something else! Why? Because I've decided it's in the best...

Costa Black Forest Hot chocolate

It’s the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrrrr..... Its Costa Coffee Christmas flavours time! Just the very thought of Costa Coffee brightens my day but Costa Coffee and Christmas flavours.... I’m in heaven! Now when I say Christmas flavours let me be more...

Colchester Zoo

Went to Colchester zoo last week on what was an extremely hot day. Before our visit, I did what I always do and I looked at the zoo website. If you scroll right down to the disabled ticket prices it tells you disabled people and carers get in for half price because of...

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