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Things my Daughter has Taught Me: Autism Quotients and the Broader Autism Phenotype

One of the consequences of Wee Girl’s diagnosis of autism is that it has made me reconsider myself in a new light. While no one really understands what causes autism, it is clear that there is a genetic factor involved. … Continue reading

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CBeebies and Special Needs: Why the BBC Must NEVER Axe CBeebies

This week parents across the country were rocked by the horrifying news that the BBC could consider axeing CBeebies, their channel aimed at preschool children. Cue lots of blog posts and the #savecbeebies hashtag on Twitter about how mums and … Continue reading

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First Day at School

Well, it’s been an up and down kind of day. We all had what was possibly the worst night’s sleep EVER. Wee Girl must have been listening when I said she would be going to school today, because she woke … Continue reading

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Catch-up: The Night Before the First Day at School

It’s here at last: tomorrow is Wee Girl’s first day at school. Well, I say ‘day’, but in fact I’m only taking her in for an hour, and I will be staying there with her, but even so it’s a … Continue reading

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On Grammar Pedantry and How Not to be a Knob

There are two types of grammar pedant in this world. The first kind takes a genuine interest in the rules of grammar. Perhaps they even indulge in conversations on internet forums about correct forms or treasure their battered copy of … Continue reading

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All About My Son: Siblings of Children with Autism

Sometimes it seems like I spend a lot of time talking about Wee Girl on this blog and never about Little Man. I’m sorry for that, because Little Man is just as important in his own way, and sometimes it … Continue reading

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Where did the Weekend Go?

Wait, what? Where did the bloody weekend go? I write this feeling knackered. Wee Girl was hard to settle last night — sometimes she gets incredibly keyed up, and just won’t. Go. To. Sleep. Little Man was better, but still … Continue reading

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Would you Choose to Cure Your Child of Autism?

It’s one of those perennial questions in the world of autism: if a cure for autism was made available, would you take it, or if you are the parent of a child with autism, would you choose it for your … Continue reading

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Starting School for the Disorganised & a Giveaway

Wee Girl starts school in September, and I almost can’t believe it. She still feels like my baby girl, and it’s so strange to think that I’m going to be joining the ranks of school parents, waving her off every … Continue reading

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5 Things my Daughter is Scared of

Autism is a funny old thing. Sometimes I marvel at the strange tracks my daughter’s mind  makes, those times when she laughs at nothing in particular, that delightful infectious laugh that you can’t help but join in with. But then … Continue reading

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