This is just a quick post to say that today marks the second anniversary of the day I started writing ‘Life with an Autistic Son’.
Much has changed in those two years. We’ve been through diagnosis, endless medical appointments, the statementing process, starting school, getting in trouble at school, getting in trouble at home and lots more. I’ve written about everything from diet to disclosure, sensory needs to school plays and everything in between. I’ve written about my darkest moments and the moments of joy that life with my son brings.
B has made astounding progress since I started writing and we, his family, have learnt a great deal as we adjusted to this new, unexpected version of our lives together.
For several weeks, the blog wasn’t even made public- I just wrote it for myself, as a way of coping with turbulent times. Then I started to think that there were maybe others out there who were in a similar situation. Families who might find what I wrote familiar, and maybe even helpful. I think I was right. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog and get in touch. It’s really appreciated.
This seems as good a time as any to introduce the new(ish) ‘Inspirational Posts’ page. These are posts that I’ve read and have stayed with me and I felt were worth sharing. Enjoy.
Happy Blog-birthday! That makes me feel old in blog terms 🙂 thanks so much for including my post on your Inspirational page, I’m very touched. I’m glad you started blogging and I found you – you’ve often taken the words out of my mouth and managed to type them in a much funnier way than I would have done. Humour and optimism are two very important characteristics when it comes to autism I reckon 😉
Congrats on the anniversary, and most importantly on your recognizing just how far you all have come. Feels good, doesn’t it! 🙂
Happy Anniversary 😉
Wishing you a very Happy blog Birthday.
Thanks everyone x
Happy birthday. I started reading your blog in June 2011 shortly after my son, now 4yo, was diagnosed with ASD, and it has provided essential reading every week ever since. I think the main reason I follow your blog is that our sons sound incredibly alike and we have been grappling with similar issues at the same time. Your blog has also been incredibly helpful in exposing to me the different approaches of LEAs and, sadly, highlighting the deficiencies of my own LEA in London who initially refused to assess my sons educational needs, then backed down just before tribunal, only to then assess and issue a pointless note in lieu. Despite my son starting Reception in September 2012 we are yet to meet our equivalent of your Autism Outreach. You may not realise it, but your blog manages to make the West Midlands sound like a very appealing place to live.
“your blog manages to make the West Midlands sound like a very appealing place to live”
Could this be the first time these words have ever been typed?
Thanks Richard for your support. I wish you well with your ongoing battle.
Hi I first came across your blog when googling eye contact and I was hooked. We have just got diagnosis v recently, although we have known for some time. Reading your blogs during the assessment process have kept me sane (as I’m ever going to be). Thanks a lot
T, keep on blogging! 🙂
Ps dunno where that T came from!
Thanks Neil. Thanks Al x
Another birthday celebration missed…. someone close to me has an autistic son who turned 5 today. From the day he was born, he has had no birthday celebration like other kids. In the KG he is attending, the class teacher placed a golden colour paper crown on his head. The boy’s parents had sent a box of chocolates for other kids. But all this meant nothing to the little one who once again grew restless, ran out of the classroom, failing to understand it was his birthday. Extremely hyper. This could be his first/last regular schooling which has proved to be a total disaster. Even with a shadow teacher, regular schools don’t want him. Praying for a day when ‘A’ would come to know its his birthday and ask for a cartoon cake, big party with games and all, and birthday presents like usually children of his age demand.