Category Archives: Early Symptoms

A sudden asthma attack and a missed opportunity

In the autumn of 2003, my son had his first asthma attack and had to go to our local accident and emergency unit for treatment.  It was a traumatic experience watching him struggling for breath whilst the doctors and nurses pumped him full … Continue reading

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2003 – first school year – difficulties emerge

As you know I’ve been reflecting on my sons progress through his early years and will now look at his experience in mainstream ‘state’ education.  At this point he was still undiagnosed.  His transition into reception was OK which I believe can be attributed … Continue reading

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The first public meltdown, we think

My son seemed to cope quite well with nursery.  His eye contact with us had improved and he was now using more words though he was still very unclear.  However he remained very clumsy and extremely active.  As often was the case, as soon … Continue reading

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Nursery and a row over ‘pants’!

I was optimistic that my son would do well in nursery and after we gradually eased him into nursery life he appeared to settle well and cope with going 5 mornings a week.   I was now looking forward to more … Continue reading

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Preparing my ‘hurricane’ child for nursery

The summer of 2001 was a busy time for us.  My third baby (a daughter) arrived, like my son, in the midst of another Wimbeldon summer but, unlike my son, without all the dramatics that had accompanied him.   It was also … Continue reading

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2001 – starting playgroup and a break for mum

At 2½, my son started playgroup.  The transition was remarkably easy.  Unlike many of the other children there, my son did not cling to me or cry his eyes out as I left.  I felt quite pleased that he had … Continue reading

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The Health Visitor

His two year development check with the Health Visitor also failed to pick up on my sons difficulties, in part because I think she exhibited gendered stereotypes and did not ask the right questions of me to elicit certain information … Continue reading

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A manic two year old

By the autumn of 1999, my son had started to walk.  He was now about 16 months of age so this couldn’t come sooner for me, for he had become incredibly heavy to lug around.  His elder sister had also … Continue reading

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A different baby?

The once ordered life that me and my husband shared with our 3 year old daughter changed forever when we brought our baby son home from hospital.  By any account, he was an incredibly hungry baby who did not do very … Continue reading

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1998 – the birth of my son

I’m going to take you back 12 years to the summer of 1998, when Sampras won the men’s singles at Wimbledon and the weather was distinctively British – miserably grey and wet.  It was also the year when autism entered … Continue reading

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