• Christmas Time

    They say it’s ‘the most wonderful time of the year’. But is it? Growing up I enjoyed family Christmases. The excitement of seeing that Santa had been, racing downstairs to open the living room door full of gifts, extended family arriving, watching the Queen’s speech and standing for the national…

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  • Back to School

    Date: September 3, 2021- Category: Case Studies - Families

    So, the holidays are over! Bathed & hair washed, school uniform laid out, bag all checked, and pencils sharpened. But who’s more excited? Parents can now have days to themselves, do a kid free supermarket shop, maybe even squeeze in a bar-lunch with friends. Freedom! In theory, that is all…

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  • Navigating the School Holidays

    Date: July 14, 2021- Category: Case Studies - Families

    Crikey… 6 weeks of no routine… no structure… no playdates or sleepovers… ring any bells? Yeah, us too! Mind you, we usually had an extra week too. As you parents will know all too well, the last week of term is rather lax with NO routine, NO structure & certainly…

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  • Autism & Lockdown

    Date: June 17, 2021- Category: Case Studies - Families

    March 2020. We were like most out there, a normal family: hubby was working, James was at college & I had my volunteering. Weather was decent for that time of year too. COVID-19 was on the news more and more, flights were being cancelled and restrictions were beginning to take…

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  • Schooling

    Date: June 16, 2021- Category: Case Studies - Families

    When it came to school, Patrick was lucky enough to get a place at an ASN nursery in Cumbernauld, so the process of schooling was much smoother. We had a choice of two schools – one was a Unit attached to a mainstream school and the other was an ASN…

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  • James’ Journey Through School

    Date: June 9, 2021- Category: Case Studies - Families

    Hi I’m Ann, Our Son James is almost 18 years old and has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Nearly 10 years after an agonising 18 months to get the diagnosis, this is my journey. Back in 2012, I was a stay at home Mum with no intention of going back to…

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  • Accessing the Social Care System

    Date: June 2, 2021- Category: Case Studies - Families

    At 3 and a bit, Patrick was in a pram for his safety as he was a “runner”. He is a big boy and I was so grateful to find out about the “major buggy” (McLaren make it and your health visitor can apply), which allowed him to be safe…

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  • Preparing for Primary School

    Date: May 21, 2021- Category: Case Studies - Families

    Preparing for Patrick starting Primary School was quite different from the experience his big sister had (she’s a typical girl) and it came as a shock to my system… When I first heard the words “special school” (which I really detest) and went for a visit, it shook me to…

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  • The Persistent Parent

    Date: May 11, 2021- Category: Case Studies - Families

    Ten years ago, almost to the day, a Speech and Language Therapist came to our house (we had concerns as Patrick was 2 years and 4 months and not speaking) and looked at my boy, and said the words that rocked our world, “ I think your boy has autism”…..then…

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