Autism and Support Archive

Coping with a huge change

Jude’s first day in House 2 I’m really nervous. I feel a little bit like I’m betraying Jude this half term as we’re keeping a secret from him that I know is going to cause …

Dentist trips

  I took Jude to the dentist a couple of weeks ago and as usual, it was quite the experience. Jude had struggled in the morning at school, had a full on meltdown before I …

Where will we go next?

Uh oh…she’s over thinking things again… I was reading through old blog posts this evening and it really made me contemplate on how much life has moved on. How different Jude is to the child …

Twenty things to do in one hour

Respite care. I know some of you are in receipt of this truly precious time each week/fortnight/month and I also know how amazing it can be. But BOY does each session whizz by. How does …

I know how you feel

  There’s a new child in Jude’s class who is also staying at his school house. I met them on their first day and it really brought back so many memories for me. Dropping Jude …

Jude has made the world a better place

Birth experience At exactly 5.01am on Monday 20th March 2006, my life changed forever. Well, actually if you want to be pernickety, for the two days prior to that date, my life was already shifting …

Is my first child the eldest?

  Holding Elsa for the first time back in December 2010 brought on some really odd feelings. She was the baby I had always thought I’d have when Jude was born and ever since then …

Intensive Interaction

What is Intensive interaction? Intensive interaction is a therapy technique designed by David Hewitt to support individuals at the earliest levels of development. It’s primarily aimed at people with autism as well as those with …

Justifying the guilt

Starting out… I received an email this week from someone starting out on a search for the best school for their child. It brought back memories of a few years ago when I didn’t have …

Hiring a Support Worker

  Holiday time Holy crapbags, it’s half term. How did that happen?! I’m sure it was only New Years Eve last week. I’m not going to lie, despite the fact I’ve been desperately scrabbling around …