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    Autism and Cuddles

    When we realised that autism was a part of Ethan’s world I soon realised that Ethan showed affection in a very different way. He would back into you for cuddles and we would touch heads together as a gesture for a kiss. This isn’t something we worked on it’s what naturally happened, Ethan is very affectionate but it is in his own way and on his terms. He never initiated cuddles. I never realised this was an autistic trait but when I did it upset me. I remember a very low point when Darren was stuck in traffic and we had no idea what time he would make it home…

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    Autism Awareness Day, But What About Acceptance?

    It’s that time of year again when you’re asked to turn everything blue to raise autism awareness. A good thing, but as today is always a hard day for me as it marks two milestones that unexpectedly changed our lives forever, I found myself questioning this awareness. Awareness is good but what about acceptance? Acceptance has to start in your own home at the beginning of any autism journey. Accepting that your journey is different, that it isn’t what you expected and that it is going to be hard. This acceptance can take many years, it’s something that I’m still working on but it isn’t because you wish you could…

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    Autism and the Eye Test

    At Ethan’s last review appointment with the pediatrician, she noted that I wore glasses and said she would refer Ethan for an eye text just incase. I didn’t start wearing glasses until I was 25 and we have never had any concerns over Ethan’s sight but being that he couldn’t make us aware if he has issues I thought it wouldn’t hurt.  Knowing Ethan’s sensory issues and how long it has taken to get a dentist near him, we laughed about how this appointment would even work. We forgot all about it until the new year when we had a letter come through confirming his appointment. The appointment was going…

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    Autism Diagnosis, Three Years On – What Have We Learnt

    Today is Ethan’s diagnosis anniversary, last year I wondered if it was going to be a milestone I marked on the blog. Today I feel the need to do this again. It’s not really a date I feel needs to be celebrated but I feel at times, in those low moments that can creep up on you out of no where, it’s good to remember how far our superstar has come. From the little boy who couldn’t say a word and was walking along the lines on the floor in the doctor’s office, to the boy who had his eyes tested last week without lashing out. He has come so…

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    Special Needs Dentist – The Sensory Appointment

    Last week Ethan had another appointment at the Special Needs Dentist. This time we have been booked in for two sensory appointments before going back to see the dentist in the new year. After our amazing appointment last time with the dentist, thanks to Monkey Wellbeing, I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting this time. Ethan was in a very busy mood when we arrived and paced quickly around the room. I really didn’t think we would be able to get his attention or get him to follow any directions at all! The nurse kept asking Ethan to sit on the chair. He remembered the game they played making…

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