Autistic Traits

Everything that I am and can hope to be is because I am autistic. All of my traits are autistic traits. All that is good about me, everything that I have, can and will achieve is because I am autistic.  There are so many incredible autistic traits that make me who I am and who my little boys are. I…
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The Language We Use Matters.

The Language We Use Matters. We need to think about the language we use and it’s implications and impact.  I remember growing up always trying to be “normal” and trying to get it “right”.  The word “Normal” to me was so vast and immeasurable it preoccupied my thoughts, trying to fit myself into this word that dominated my world . …
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Identity First Language Matters

Using Autistic Identity First Language Matters. Do you say “autistic” or “with autism”? Identity first or person first language?  As a parent to three autistic sons, in the past I have used “with autism” or that they “had autism”.  Reading and Research But then I started to read, research and learn. Through my reading and research and lived experience I…
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Advice For The New Parent Of An Autistic Child

From one parent to another – my advice to the new parent of an autistic child. You can land.  From the moment my beautiful Conor was born almost 12 years ago, I have been hovering. Like a Rescue helicopter I stay close, just ahead, watching from above, always on call, preparing and planning to instinctively act and react when the…
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Home School Visuals

Irish schools are to remain closed until the end of January 2021. For families like mine, we will now Home School our children, with online learning for some being an option. For my sons, I know that online-learning is not an option as it will not meet their needs or abilities. Home-schooling with the support and guidance of their brilliant…
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