Thank You

THANK YOU I can’t thank you enough for your lovely comments and messages over the past couple of weeks while I’ve been unwell. Your kind words of concern and warmth have carried me through some very dark moments, and it’s

Breaking the Silence About Violent Challenging Behaviour in Special Needs Children

One of the saddest secrets of our time Every day, in a house not far from where you live, there is a family who is keeping one of the saddest secrets that there is. Every day, in thousands of homes

How to Manage Autism Calmly over Christmas

It seemed like such a good idea at the time. Easy peasy lemon squeezy – how difficult would it be to film a few videos and create an online course about how to help children with autism have a Happy

NHS England – Thank you for Listening

The NHS Track Record with Learning Disability and Autism Did you know that every single day 3 adults with a Learning Disability die unexpectedly and prematurely in our NHS hospitals? Did you also know that a diagnosis of a Learning

There’s a hole in the safety net

I’m delighted to introduce Nikki Brandon who has written her very first blog post, and who has also very kindly agreed to share it with us all as my Guest Blogger. Nikki writes very powerfully about an issue which sadly

70 years of Autism, and what’s changed?

When my mother left Dublin in 1946, just before her 18th birthday, to come to England to start her nursing training, the word “Autism” had only just been invented. Last week, 70 years later, I was delighted and honoured to

Taking the stress out of cutting children’s fingernails

What do you do if your child can’t tolerate their finger or toenails being cut? It’s a very common problem in families where there are children with Sensory Processing Disorders or who are on the Autistic Spectrum. Parents try every

Recognising pain in the non-verbal child

Why my son can’t talk My son, Toby, is non-verbal. He is two days away from his 21st birthday and he has a handful of single words, mostly names of the people he loves or the activities he likes to

What do you do when CAMHS can’t help?

CAMHS Services around the country are often under-resourced and over-stretched. If a child or young person develops a mental health issue, CAMHS may be able to offer regular appointments but there may be a long waiting list for an initial

10 Great Things People with Autism can add to Society

ASIAM is a new charity based in Ireland with a new and innovative approach to supporting those on the Autistic Spectrum. It’s the brainchild of Adam Harris, a young man who himself has Asperger’s Syndrome, and it’s aim is to

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