When I was little, I used to pretend I was a member of the Famous Five, (replacing sappy Anne) and we used to have adventures in the garden.
When Robbie was little, he did not engage in imaginary play.
This is a common trait in autistic children – I remember buying a toy farm from Early Learning and spending copious amounts of time and money hand selecting posh animals to inhabit it. I was determined that he would mentally inhabit this plastic animal menagerie.
Unfortunately for me, Robbie’s passion was for trains. So I was bitterly disappointed when I saw him using the head-of-the-herd female cow as a tunnel for one of the underlings.
Robbie came out of school about a month ago, cheerily greeted me and we started walking away.
I heard a buzzing sound, and upon a fleeting investigation, discovered that it came from him. “Robbie? Why are you making buzzing noises?” “Dudette, I’ve got my bees with me.” ❤ to continue reading, please go to the link in Bio ❤
With a daughter with MANY mental health and neurological disorders we ended up having to cut her hair off. She loves it but it broke my heart. The last month has been really hard with her but we are not giving up and will continue to get her the help needed. #Trichotillomania#pica#odd#autism -awareness #adhd#eoe
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😂😂😂 going through old videos of me and @raisinglilbadd and for some reason she engages with me wayyyy more when I turn it into a song. She loves to sing, she sings waaaaay more than she talks. She was singing full songs at 10 months old but she wasn’t talking, I thought because she could sing that everything was okay developmentally 😔 but I was wrong. Another reason why I love music, it has literally been the BRIDGE of communication between my daughter & I. I have written countless songs to teach her things and to engage with her. We wouldn’t have such a tight bond if we didn’t have music as a communication medium. Since I figured the whole #autism thing out I realized that if she could learn to sing, she could learn to talk. Slowly but surely it’s happening. Love is a lot of things, it’s kind, it’s sweet, but most of all love is patient! Everyday I practice patience as I look to find ways to come into your world, I see how hard you work to enter my world 🌍 I appreciate all your efforts but you shouldn’t have to do al the work! #autismparent#autismwarrior#autismfamily#autismmom#autismacceptance#thisisautism#blackautismawareness#girlsonthespectrum#anxietyawareness#autismawareness#autismspeaks
C-sections are often not a choice, but given that the US has the highest rates of C-sections in the world and many are deemed “elective” meaning not an emergency, we thought we’d share the results of a huge study showing some of the side effects of C-section births.
⤴ Link in bio and this pic to read more about the study in our latest WellBe wrap-up. ⤴
Did you know there was a link between C-section births and cognitive issues and disorders? #getwellbe
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Florida... Walt Disney World... Universal Studios... It’s every child’s dream to have a holiday like this; so much to see, so much to do, so much to hear, so much to taste, so much to experience... My photo? It’s Ríoghnach, hiding in a corner with her hoody over her head - so much to see, so much to do, so much to hear, so much to taste, so much to experience can become overwhelming for her.
We knew this holiday wasn’t going to be easy, jeez we probably done the totally wrong thing my making it all a big surprise and having an unknown change in routine for her - however she actually coped with that bit pretty well.
However despite the increased chance of ASD meltdowns, there are many ways that she has been able to enjoy the holiday just as much as everyone else... 1) The queues for rides?? 195 minute wait in 30degree heat for a ride that Ríoghnach has her heart set on but we couldn’t get a fast pass for, well both Disney and Universal are AMAZING for children with ASD. There are systems in place where we arrive at the ride, give her details and they provide us with a return time. We don’t skip the queue, we don’t just get to walk right on but we don’t need to wait in the queue - 195 minute wait then return in 175 mins and get the ride sorted = no meltdowns!
The first few day’s I was ignorant to how hard the queues etc would be for Ríoghnach, I didn’t sign us up for the systems but after the third day we spoke to guest relations and haven’t looked back since. This has helped her so much, but hasn’t made a “deal” of her ASD. She doesn’t feel like there is something “different” about her, yet her difficulties are acknowledged in a very discreet manner by all the staff.
2) At night we don’t watch the amazing fireworks displays - we see them from the rides but we purposely avoid them because it’s far too much for Ríoghnach. Night time is usually the worst, although the crowds are smaller there is probably more things that impact on the senses - more lights, more colours, more sounds.
In this crazy world, we seem to focus on the bad days. They take over our minds. The days filled with tears, filled with frustration. The days filled with questions. The hard ones. The ones we ask, even though we don't want to.
In this crazy world, we are thrown into the deep end, and just expected to cope. We are expected to be strong enough. We are expected to be prepared for anything, with no help, no support. We are handed that piece of paper and sent on our merry way.
Being a parent is hard. It's so hard. Throw a diagnosis, for your child, into the mix, and it spirals it into another direction. We spiral into a world that we don't understand. One that we don't want to be in. We spiral into a world, where everything changes in a split second. The minute this goes down on paper, it is for life.
If we let ourselves spiral into this world, it is so hard to cope. You feel like if you ask for help, you are, in some way, a failure. You feel if you take time out, or have time to yourself, you are letting them down. You feel like you have to take everything in, put it to the back of your mind, and take on the world.
In reality, there are so many good days. So many happy times. There are so many laughs, and so many smiles. There are so many days, when we need to take a step back, and say, look what I did today. We need to take a step back, and give ourselves a pat on the back. There are so many days when we need to see what a good job we are doing.
In this little bubble of a world, that you don't understand unless you have lived it, it can be hard to get people to understand the hard days. To get people to see that it's not us giving out, it's not us saying we don't enjoy being a parent. It is just us showing the reality. The reality that it is hard.
And while we all love showing the good times. We love sharing the lovely pictures. The smiley ones. We love sharing the smallest wins. It is OK to show the hard days.
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Damien got his haircut today. Best haircut he has ever gotten. Only took 2 minutes of prompting to get him in the chair. He sat, PUT A CAPE ON and got his haircut. #autism
What is that yellow glare in the sky?! However long it lasts, we’re taking advantage of it. We went for a walk this morning then went up to my mums for the afternoon. It was so nice - cold as hell, but nice to be out and know that it wasn’t going to rain or sleet or snow! And testament to how cold it was, Luca kept his hat on the entire walk!! This NEVER happens unless he feels his ears are cold. I don’t know if it’s a sensory thing, or if he’s just being awkward 😆, but tips on how to keep this on in times where it doesn’t feel like -10 are absolutely welcome!
He’s tucked up in bed (early for us), but I could see his tells, so rushed a bath and got him settled quickly. Here’s hoping it lasts! I have plans to watch the @andymurray documentary and I don’t want to be disturbed! 😂
Hope everyone had a lovely Sunday and enjoyed the dry day. Neil’s home tomorrow so we’re both looking forward to that! But I think it’s back to the rain and snow tomorrow. 🙄
The tiny gestures that mean the world. M had his ados assessment this week after more than a year of pushing and pushing and being passed from person to person we finally had our concerns validated that M is on the autistic spectrum. We are now awaiting the assessment scores and official diagnosis. But we can finally get the support in place that he needs and deserves. And in one little moment today M made me cry with relief. We have been told we needed a parenting course, that he was naughty and disruptive, and that he was just delayed. We have been told how to speak to him different and how to support him in social settings, told about behaviour management. Had eye tests, hearing tests, speech and language assessments, food specialists, occupational therapy, seen peads doctors and had more meetings than I can count. Weekly therapy sessions. And finally we can say it wasn’t in our heads. We will keep fighting for you little one, always. You and your brother deserve the world. #asd#spd#autism#4yearsold#sweetboy
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Im just gonna shitpost on this account☠️
. @th0t.miner .
Um super herói com poderes de verdade🦇
(pra quem não sabe, Miguel é autista) 💙
Com 1 ano e 4 meses Miguel já conhecia todas as cores.
Com 2 anos ele já sabia as cores, números, formas e alfabeto em português e inglês.
Ele acabou de fazer 3 anos e já sabe ler, é isso mesmo ele sabe ler, e aprendeu sozinho vendo desenhos no YouTube.
Compartilhando com vcs, porq por aqui é uma alegria enorme ver cada evolução dele.