Sand, spaghetti and spinning…

...My first steps into understanding sensory processing differences. The first book I ever had on sensory processing differences was by Brenda Smith Myles et al. in 2000, followed shortly by Olga Bogdashina’s book in 2003. By this time, I had two children diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Both children had extremely limited palettes, … Continue reading Sand, spaghetti and spinning…

Supporting an alternative view of the world. At the start of my journey into understanding autism…

I read The Siege by Clara Claiborne Park, the revised (1982) copy. It was intriguing from the outset, with the first chapter titled The Changeling, describing her daughter's beauty, indifference and 'abandonment' of the world around her, as she stopped using skills previously shown. Although it was early in my understanding of autism (mid-90's), I … Continue reading Supporting an alternative view of the world. At the start of my journey into understanding autism…

Understanding autism and diagnosis in my children…

My two autistic children are different in many ways; including how I realised they were on the autistic spectrum, what I understood about autism, how I felt and how others reacted. Research disproved the early days when 'refrigerator' mothers were blamed for their child's behaviour. However, parents are still being criticised and judged for how … Continue reading Understanding autism and diagnosis in my children…

Parenting from a different perspective…

...our perspectives are borne from many things, such as the environment we are bought up in and our life experiences. I was bought up with an understanding of disability from a young age, through having a disabled parent. This was a physical disability and I was inspired by both my father’s incredible positivity and my … Continue reading Parenting from a different perspective…