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 autistic. Both children had extremely limited palettes, comprised mostly of bland and … Continue reading Sand, spaghetti and spinning…

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

I sought out texts on the experiences of autistic girls, which was very limited in the 1990's. I read The Siege by Clara Claiborne Park (1982). It was intriguing, 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. … 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 autistic, 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 their child behaves, … Continue reading Understanding autism and diagnosis in my children…

Parenting from a different perspective…

...our perspectives are borne out of many things, the environment we are bought up in and our life experiences. I was bought up experiencing and understanding 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, alongside appreciating the value … Continue reading Parenting from a different perspective…