Monthly Archives: July 2011

Required – a good local playground

  There is a beautiful park not far from where I live.  It is nicely landscaped with formal beds full of seasonal bedding plants, specimen trees and neatly mowed grassy areas.  Through it winds a path that connects the outskirts … Continue reading

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Special Saturday

Special Saturday was started by Wendy at Savette Gazette to raise awareness of children with special needs.   Every Saturday a prompt is given to encourage people to write or tweet something in order to help raise awareness of special needs children, whether it … Continue reading

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Shopping with autism

Shopping is a bit of a ritualistic activity in my part of the world.  Nearly every weekend families, couples and individuals flock into our town centre, filling up the car parks and heading for the indoor shopping mall.  And with … Continue reading

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Book Review – Finding Out about Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and PDD

Today I will be looking at Gunilla Gerland’s book ‘Finding Out about Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and PDD’. This is not a recent addition to autism literature, having being published in 2000, but nevertheless I think this book is … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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The Autism Quiz

How much do you really know about autism?  Is autism genetic or caused by emotional neglect?  Is it on the increase?  Can people outgrow autism? These are just some of the questions posed by a short interactive quiz which has been designed by Dr … Continue reading

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What have I done?

Have you ever had those moments  when you’ve doubted yourself and your actions.  Perhaps you’ve agreed to something or organised something and then on reflection thought that the decision you made was not such a wise one.  Well I’m feeling like that at … Continue reading

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Autism at teatime

When I was growing up family mealtimes used to be a polite business of sitting down together and eating whatever my mum had  prepared.  No questions, no demands, no tantrums.  We were expected to eat whatever was cooked even if it … Continue reading

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Ignorance, idle gossip and exclusion

 It was the summer of 2010 and there we were in the middle of a jumble sale in a  church hall when our son suddenly declared that he wanted to go to scouts.  We were delighted by our son’s sudden enthusiasm … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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