A poem about Identity, acceptance, and finding myself.
I ordered his school uniform online, which we received two days later. I was surprised that we only had to exchange three items, but overall, it was not as stressful as I thought it would be. The only upsetting part was paying for it.
I do feel that there is a blurred line between what is entertaining and what is inappropriate and blatantly mocking people.
The most significant change that has had an impact on my son’s routine is not having his after-school sports clubs. He has been used to playing hockey and tennis every week, plus swimming.
Today is World Autism Awareness Day and going beyond the day, week and month, I also want to focus on the importance of acceptance and inclusion.
Two poems, one about the feeling of waiting, and the second a poem focuses on reflecting in society
My son and I went to the cinema to watch The Call of the Wild. I wasn’t too sure if I was going to like the film but was pleasantly surprised that I did.
My son has his food preferences, influenced by factors such as culture, sensory experience to taste and education.
Poetry about education.
Christmas is a difficult time of year for my son. There are so many changes, and for my son, keeping to a routine helps him function day-to-day.
Harry Specters is a business that creates award-winning luxury chocolate.
Their mission is to “raise awareness about autism” and generate employment for young autistic adults.
I took my son out trick-or-treating this evening. My boyfriend bought my son a blue Halloween bucket for this year, which was much appreciated.
Having your own identity in life is incredibly important.
… One way of having your own identity is through fashion.
When my son is busy focusing on a task or going out somewhere, and then we have to move onto another thing, he finds this transition difficult.
Well, my son has always struggled with brushing his teeth. When he was younger, I had to brush his teeth, and he would scream the place down. It was almost like the toothpaste was burning his mouth. Every morning was a struggle. It was only from speaking to his Occupational Therapist I then realized that my son was sensory avoiding.
As a parent of an autistic child, there are so many topics that I could discuss, from communication and social interaction, education, receptive and expressive language delay, repetitive behaviours…the list goes on.
As a young child, my son had a fear of ventriloquist dummies, people wearing masks and fear of mascots and characters. He did not like anything that falsely represented a human as it caused confusion. (Is it real or not?) He also has a fear of flies.
As a young child, he would wake up and switch all of the lights on around the house. He has always had a disturbed sleep pattern and would wake up instantly full of energy on little sleep. Even his paediatrician said that some children naturally sleep less and that my child was one of them. At that point, I was laughing and crying at the same time.
I thought that it would be helpful to take the time to understand my son’s dad’s perspective on our son’s autism and chromosome diagnosis. Likewise, his dad has a diagnosis of 16p11.2 microduplication. I also wanted to know how he felt receiving a diagnosis later on in life (adult diagnosis).
I rarely find articles on grandparents discussing their point of view when it comes to their autistic grandchild/grandchildren. Hence, I thought that it would be interesting to have an informal discussion with my parents to find out their perspective.