Special Saturday – the things I say as an autism mum

The sort of things I say as a mum of a son with an autistic spectrum disorder and a daughter with asperger syndrome.

“All he eats is chicken burgers and baked beans.”

“I’m popping to the shop; we’ve run out of chicken burgers.  He refuses to eat anything else.”

“Wait for the other person to finish talking before you talk.”

“Well done on asking nicely.”

“Where’s the toilet paper gone?”

“Oh no, the toilet’s blocked again.”

“Yes you will get a Moshi Monster card when you finish your homework.”

“Who’s thrown flour all around the kitchen?”

“Where are my keys.  Has [son] hidden them again?”

“No I don’t have a belt or a pocket to put my keys in.”

“Can you get down from there; it’s not safe.”

“Has he gone to bed yet?”

“Has he taken his medicine?”

“Time to get up.”

“Your tutor is here, time to get up.”

“Please get up, NOW.”

“Can we try and clean your teeth today?”

“Please take a shower.  No?  What about having a shower later on then?”

“Please get dressed.  We don’t walk around in our underpants.”

“Look at your clothes; they’re dirty.  You need to change your clothes when they become dirty.”

“Please don’t stare at the neighbours.”

“That’s fantastic, well done.”

“He’s only hugging you.”

“Please stop screaming.”

“No, we don’t hit people.”

“Stop slamming the doors.”

“I said, stop slamming the doors.  You will break them.”

“I’ve got a headache.”

“I’ve forgotten to send that form.”

“Where are the stamps?”

“I’m popping to the post office; we have no stamps.”

“Go to the toilet then.”

“Will you ring the teacher; I can’t face her today.”

“I need a coffee.”

“I need chocolate.”

“Why don’t you want to go to school?”

“How do you feel today?  Use your thumb to tell me, like this – thumb up for happy, thumb down for sad.”

“Yes I do love you.  I will always love you.”

“That’s a fabulous picture.  I love your Moshi Monster drawings.”

“No I don’t know where the galaxy ends.”

“Minecraft is essential for his wellbeing; I don’t think three hours a day is too excessive.”

“He’s making progress, slowly.”

“That’s the least of my worries.”

“I am trying my best to get him to school.”

“What are the long term effects of anxiety medicine?”

“Are there any other therapies available?”

“No we haven’t had a holiday for years; my son won’t leave town.”

“Respite – whats that?”

“My daughter has asperger syndrome.  Aspergers is a form of autism.”

“Of course she looks normal.”

“Just because she talks doesn’t mean she doesn’t have difficulties.”

“I’m tired.”

“Is there any wine in the fridge?”


This post is for Special Saturday, an online ‘global’ campaign that aims to raise awareness of children with special needs.   Every Saturday a prompt is given to encourage people to write or tweet about something in order to help raise awareness of special needs.  This week’s theme is on the things we say as special needs parents.

If you would like to learn more about Special Saturday then you can do so though the following ways:

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The Blog – http://specialsaturday.org/

Wendy at the Savette Gazette – http://www.savette.com/category/special-saturday/


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15 Responses to Special Saturday – the things I say as an autism mum

  1. Petra says:

    I don’t ask the last question anymore… I just go and get it… :o )

  2. What a great post. My 4 year old son is in the process of being assessed for ASD/dyspraxia/something else no one has suggested yet and I swing back and forth about what I think his greatest strengths and needs are. This post made me smile because so much of it rings true.

    Thank you.

    • Aspie in the family says:

      Hi slummy to yummy mummy; nice to meet you and thanks for commenting. Glad you liked the post; it made me and my husband laugh as we thought about what our days are like. Good luck with the assessment; I understand that swinging back and forth from seeing their strengths and needs. I’m still like this. Deb x

  3. Yes I smiled at the last one too :)

  4. Gabemom says:

    I can relate to each one, My son Gabe is 12 years old, he is ASD. We have come a long way since he was diagnosed. I have a teary moment everyday, not because of Autism but because the joy I feel that I am his mom. He suprise me everyday. I give him chores to do and he do them without complaining. My other childern would pout and complain. He even wash the dishes with a smile.

  5. Lizbeth says:

    That last one is the best. And if there is any wine in the fridge, I’d love a sip. :)

  6. Sian says:

    Fantastic… Love it!

  7. JuliesMum says:

    I love this list! Especially liked the “That’s the least of my worries.” I must say that at least once a day. The things I say include, “I’m sorry, he didn’t mean to be rude to you.” and “Mummy just needs a little rest now.”

    • Aspie in the family says:

      Hi Juliesmum – I’m saying that phrase “That’s the least of my worries” a lot at the moment, particularly to my husband and professionals.

  8. Your snapshots are so accurate and could be worse depending on your day. ASD is a tough thing to parent especially cause only other parents of autism really understand!

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