Category Archives: Behaviour

From bad to worse

It hasn’t been a good week and I’m in a bad mood.  It all started with the ‘big meeting’ when the local authority told us that my aspergers daughter needs to transfer into the local Pupil Referral Unit (PRU).  (This … Continue reading

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Dear neighbour (AKA the meltdown, the neighbour and the police)

Dear neighbour I’m so upset that you felt the need to call the police because our autistic son was having a meltdown.  I’m even sadder that you never gave me a chance to explain what was going on.  Instead you … Continue reading

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Aspergers and perfectionism

Perfectionism is not uncommon in people with aspergers syndrome.  They set themselves such high levels of attainment that anything that doesn’t meet that level can cause them huge amounts of stress and anxiety.  The smallest mistakes can upset a person with … Continue reading

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How to manage anger in the aspergers child

Both my autistic children experience moments of anger.  For my aspergers daughter this builds up during her day at school and is let off when she is in the comfort of her own home.  Much of her anger is related to … Continue reading

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The day my son disappeared

Many parents will have experienced that heart-stopping moment of being in a public place and suddenly losing sight of their child.  For families like mine who have an autistic child, such moments can be a common experience of living with their … Continue reading

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Update on my son: anxiety, sensory overload and autism

Further to my post An emotional start to the school year, I m still not able to get my son to school.  His anxiety and fear levels are still high which has made him very sensitive to the world around him.  All … 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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A quiet Easter!

‘Bluebells’ The weather is glorious in England at the moment.  Very warm and sunny with a scattering of white clouds across pale blue skies.  And in our gardens, parks and countryside there is a haze of fresh green as the … Continue reading

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Part 12 – dealing with my son’s agoraphobia

As an autistic person, one of the difficulties my son faces is to predict or imagine what will happen next in any particular situation.  Consequently, he becomes very anxious about going anywhere unfamiliar and prefers to keep to a routine he knows which … Continue reading

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Can babies help teach empathy?

Something wonderful has been happening in our family since the arrival of my baby niece a year ago – our son’s interaction with her.  You may wonder what’s so special about that.  Well, my 12 year old son is autistic … Continue reading

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