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    Autism And The Washing Machine

    When we were going through Ethan’s autism diagnosis we were asked if he showed an interest in the washing machine. I thought this was a weird question and didn’t understand it at the time. It turns out that an autistic trait can be an intense interest in washing machines. Ethan’s interest at that time was just watching the drum spin as it run a cycle. It then moved onto opening and closing the door and manually spinning the drum. He would get obsessive about it and it was something I tried to stop. I encouraged this relationship by letting Ethan help me turn on the washing machine when it was…

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    Center Parcs Childcare Support For Children With Autism

    When you visit Center Parcs you discover that there are a list of activities that you can take part in. On our first visit to Elveden Forest Center Parcs we noticed that they offered a childcare option. Being that it was our first holiday together as a four we felt guilty thinking about putting Little E in the nursery there. She hadn’t started nursery yet and I didn’t want to upset her. Ethan also hadn’t started school and we wasn’t sure if they could offer him the support he needed. At that time we wasn’t really comfortable with the whole respite idea. We wanted to enjoy our family break together…

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    Summer Holiday Planning Using Autism Visuals

    We are in the first week of our school summer holidays and to say Ethan is unsettled is an understatement. It isn’t only the summer holidays that unsettle him, it’s any school holiday that is over a week-long. The school try to keep the children in a routine as much as possible. This means the holidays aren’t really mentioned but Ethan somehow becomes aware that they are coming a few weeks before. For us this means even less sleep than normal. If Ethan is unsure of what is happening he will wake up every hour and sometimes not sleep at all. He also gets even more controlling of the things…

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    Autism and the Toothache

    In the last week of term before the Easter holidays one of my biggest fears came true! As we brushed Ethan’s teeth he screamed out in pain and after lots of tears we worked out that Ethan could possibly have a toothache. We debated if perhaps we hurt his gum so decided to see what his reaction was like the following morning. As feared he wouldn’t let me near him with his toothbrush. All our years of hard work to just get a toothbrush anywhere near his mouth was lost in a few seconds. The best thing I could do was send Ethan to school with some pain relief and…

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    Autism and the Tiger Meltdown

    On Friday we decided to take Ethan to Colchester Zoo. Partly because he needed to get out of the house and partly because he had been asking to go there. Being that we didn’t have Little E with us we decided to let Ethan pick our route around the zoo. He had energy to burn and we thought it would be a good way to do it. Being the routine boy he is Ethan actually followed the route that we normally take when we visit the zoo. We visited the Rainbow birds and then the fish. Ethan then asked to see the elephants and from there he wanted to see…

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