Taking the stress out of summer for a child with autism By Louise Latham For many children and young people on the autism spectrum the summer holidays can be a stressful experience. The routines and structure of five days at school and two at home are no longer in place which [...]
Online dating and autism: I’m still looking for ‘the one’ By Andrew Edwards When a high-profile television dating programme approached me out of the blue in March 2018, my initial thought was that it could potentially boost my working profile rather than help me find love. However, I went along with [...]
The very best bits about being a dad to a child with autism By Carl Rice I could talk to anyone and everyone about my boy Oliver for hours on end. He is just amazing, isn’t he? A boy of few words, who makes up for it in a hundred and [...]
The challenges of being a dad to a child with autism By Carl Rice First of all, I am not just a dad to a child with autism, we are a family and Chloe, Oliver, Charlie, Hannah and myself all face many challenges daily. Luckily we have an amazing support network [...]
Diagnosing Oliver By Carl Rice Oliver, now six, is a man of few words, although he is now starting to use words to communicate. We will never forget his first words. One Christmas night Hannah and I were watching TV. Oliver had sneaked downstairs without us being aware and he repeated [...]
The Care Quality Commission’s report on reviewing restraint, seclusion and segregation in hospital settings has been published this week and unfortunately the findings come as no surprise to me. The above quote – said recently to me in passing - by my son Austin, highlights the traumatic experiences autistic individuals go [...]
Hi. I am Andrew Edwards from Wrexham. I am delighted to be writing the first in what will hopefully be a series of blogs in my capacity as an Autism Together Ambassador for 2019 on various facets of my life experiences with autism.
I have always been proud to be a McParlin. Sometimes it is someone who remembers my great-grandad Eddy who ran what everyone called “Mac’s”, the New Ferry fishmongers and chip shop. However, nothing makes me prouder than when someone asks if I am Tom McParlin’s granddaughter.
I remember the day Austin received his autism diagnosis vividly. I was sat alone in a room with a consultant paediatrician when he said to me, “Your son has autism. I’m sorry, this is a devastating diagnosis.” And that was it…I was shown the door. I was in shock, disbelief and hearing the word ‘autism’ struck fear in me, it was the unknown and I was scared.
My sister was 9 years old when she was diagnosed with autism. Up until that point I believed she was gifted, extremely anxious and often demand avoidant, but never autistic. As a SEN teacher with additional responsibility for ASC provision at the time, I had been arrogantly confident that my sister could not be autistic as too many of her personality traits did not fit with the autism profile I had long understood.