Category: The Autism Experience

Time to get tough with my son's school

Ever have the feeling you are probably about to annoy somebody? That’s me today. It’s the first day back at school, and I am sure the recipients of my email are going to be wishing it was still vacation time. A little back story. Back in August, the powers that be in charge of Mini... Read more »

Autism and disturbed sleep patterns = Grumpy Mamma

I’m running on empty. Not emotionally, but in terms of energy. Being a mum to two kids – a neurotypical one and one with autism, I should be used to sleep deprivation, but it’s been nearly five years since I had a teeny tiny baby that needed my attention throughout the night. Of course, there... Read more »

Breaking the rules: What do you do when you feel you're being forced to vaccinate your child?

The day a mother gives birth for the first time, is the day their life changes for good. In an ideal world, the general expectation is to be saying hello to a perfect, healthy new baby boy, or baby girl. Today I am talking about that ideal world. Let me reiterate. A perfect, healthy baby... Read more »

Autism and first times: the first day of school (again)

This week, the first day of things to come arrived, and I relinquished my control over one of the most important aspects of my life. On Wednesday, it was Mini Man’s first day of school. Again. Aside from five days in April, I have spent every waking moment with Mini Man since I removed him... Read more »

Autism parenting and friendships

Is it weird that I joined a moms club, but am not really interested in taking part in activities that the club organises during the children’s waking hours? Nope. Not to me anyway! Why? Because I joined a moms club, not a co-op crèche, or a kids club. Moms club. For moms who want to... Read more »

Autism and haircuts

There comes a time when a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do. Whether or not your child likes what that thing is, you just have to take the screams, and the tantrums while you try your best to avoid flying limbs, heads or ear splitting screams. So what did I do to Mini... Read more »

Autism, and jet lag

Good morning! Not that I can consider it as such. The time is merely 3:46 am, and I am up, listening to Mini Man babble as he plays. This is the third morning of early rising, and I can’t even joke that Mini Man is solar powered. It’s that early even the sun doesn’t want... Read more »

Autism, and the redundant Tooth Fairy

Following in the theme of first times, we have recently entered a new milestone. It’s time to say goodbye to Mini Man’s milk teeth as they are gradually replaced by the new, stronger kind that will last him through his adult years. Wow, my little guy is growing up! I guess that means I will... Read more »

Autism and first times: talking

Ever since we received Mini Man’s Autism diagnosis three years ago, several things about the future have worried me. How will he do among his peers at school? How will he cope with necessary changes to our lives, and his structure? He took to the socialising aspect so easily, with his friends all looking out... Read more »

How to explain Autism to a child?

Unfortunately – for both you and I, this post is posed as a question rather than a solution. How do you explain something as complicated as autism to a child who’s attention has already wandered before you even start to answer? With difficulty, and lots of it. Mini Man is almost seven, and was diagnosed... Read more »