Me with Mum, just after I returned from Egypt in the summer of 2002. It’s now 7 years since my mum passed away, and I feel that the time is right to reflect upon my relationship with her. I'm going to divide this post into two parts: the first will focus on my relationship with Mum; whilst the second will focus on providing tips and suggestions for parents of autistic children. Before I go any further, I'd like to emphasise that whilst I did and do love my mum, that doesn'
Knowing where to start To mark our first blog post, I thought it would be good to start from the beginning, that is, to write about my experience of receiving an autism diagnosis. However, like a lot of Aspies, I had to wait to be diagnosed. Some of the reasons for this included that: I wasn’t aware of the condition until I had reached my mid-twenties; I wasn’t aware that I qualified for the condition; and I didn’t know how to access the diagnostic service. Consequently, whil
Anxiety is the one constant in life; when I’m not anxious I feel strange. I often feel like there’s something ineffable which I should be doing, even when, for all intents and purposes, there’s nothing to worry about. Consequently, since Monday 10th October was World Mental Health Day (and I’ve been known to struggle with executive function), I thought that I’d share the strategies which I use to help me cope. Fair warning, this won’t be suited to everyone. If you have an