Autism, Family

Disco Dad

Friday was school disco day, and to our alarm surprise, Sawyer said that he wanted to go. After some gentle reminders about what the disco would entail, Sawyer dug out his Woody costume, kissed me on the cheek, and bounced out of the house with his dad in tow. However by the time they arrived… Continue reading Disco Dad

Autism, Family

Blame: The Husband Diaries

As Lloyd’s story starts to unfold between us, I am surprised by how easily he can access his emotions when I ask a direct question. It occurs to me for the first time that although he rarely offers out his innermost thoughts, they are in fact very close to the surface. The conversation continues to… Continue reading Blame: The Husband Diaries

Autism, Family, Uncategorized

New Beginnings

I’ll never forget the first time Sawyer dropped a mince pie, picked it up, dropped it, picked it up again and placed it onto Santa’s tray. By the time his sixth year rolled around I was finally able to tell people that Sawyer was starting to get excited for Christmas. Although it happened far later… Continue reading New Beginnings

Autism, Family

Childhood Sweethearts

Before we received Sawyer’s diagnosis of autism, I struggled to explain his unusual behaviours to other parents. I desperately wanted them to see how sweet and loving he was, but often those traits were masked by his inability to keep still, his fondness for running headlong in to walls, and his exceptional talent for breaking… Continue reading Childhood Sweethearts

Autism, Family

School Disco

Just before the end of half term, Sawyer announced that he wanted to go to his Halloween-themed school disco. His Dad and I looked up at each other in disbelief, shock, and a little bit of fear. Sawyer has never been able to cope with the sensory overload of a disco. Between the flashing lights, loud… Continue reading School Disco

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Money Talks

I live in an incredibly wealthy city. A city that is full to the brim of academics, doctors, and entrepreneurs. House prices here are only for the rich, and expensive private schools decorate the city centre like gold leaf. Last week I went to St. John’s College May Ball, where the smell of money drifted… Continue reading Money Talks

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He’ll Eat When He’s Hungry

Have you ever met one of those irritating people that are effortlessly slim, and to whom food is simply fuel for their body? That was Sawyer. And since having him, it’s made me realise that it’s quite a strange thing, isn’t it, to feel jealous of somebody for lacking enjoyment of something. Yet that’s what… Continue reading He’ll Eat When He’s Hungry

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He Doesn’t Seem Autistic

My son is sitting next to me as I type this. He is wearing a Thomas the Tank Engine top, holding his favourite Thomas the Tank Engine toy, whilst watching Thomas the Tank Engine tutorials on YouTube. For those of you unfamiliar with Thomas tutorials, basically they involve watching people open Thomas the Tank Engine… Continue reading He Doesn’t Seem Autistic