• Ethan

    Hello Duck!

    We have noticed over the past few weeks that Ethan is vocalizing more. He is trying to copy things we say and he even surprised us with a new word, Book! He has found the sound for K and this also meant his word for duck became a lot clearer. Whilst we were on holiday last week at Center Parcs we had daily visitors to our accommodation. These ranged for ducks, geese and even muntjac deer. Ethan loved them and they kept him entertained during our stay. So much so that his beloved iPad wasn’t required at all. This meant that the word duck was said quite a lot during…

  • Word Of The Week

    Word Of The Week – Tears

    word of the week

    I won’t lie this week has seen its fair share of Both a mixture of happy and sad. It started on Sunday with Ethan showing me that he really was calling me mummy. I had waited for this moment for so long. It was a word that I thought I might never hear. I really hope this word sticks and it doesn’t get lost. On Monday I was watching This Morning, and there was a story about a boy with autism being abused in the care home his parents had needed to send him too. They showed the video of the boy being punched in the face as he was…

  • Ethan

    Ethan Called Me Mummy!

    New Years Eve 2013 Ethan gave us a new word Hello! We couldn’t believe it and we watched and waited and thankfully it stuck around. Ethan’s words are a funny thing. One day he can come out with a new word/vocalization, we heard rainbow the other day, and you will never hear it again. That’s what happens with autism and communication, and you learn to live with it. If a word sticks that’s fantastic, if the word sticks and it is used in the right context you have won the lottery. I’m very nervous to blog about this as most things I blog about we lose never to be seen…

  • Ethan

    Ethan’s Non-Verbal Reading

    For the past few weeks I have felt a bit down because of autism. It’s more a wallow in self pity type of down, but down nonetheless. It’s not that I want to change Ethan, I have always said autism is part of Ethan’s personality that makes him who he is. I just wish that he could talk to me. I have had endless discussions with the professionals I have met telling me I have to change my mindset. It’s not about talking, it’s about communication. I know all this and I try to stay positive. I also know that slowly, very slowly, we are learning to communicate with Ethan.…

  • Review

    Monkey Wellbeing – Monkey Has An Operation REVIEW

    Considering the amount of time we spend at the hospital or doctors with Ethan for appointments etc Ethan has never got over his anxiety about being there. We have had very traumatic A&E experiences because of tonsillitis and his MMR booster and blood test appointments are something I would rather not experience again anytime soon. I truly believe that being non-verbal and Ethan’s lack of understanding doesn’t help us at all. He also has an amazing memory which doesn’t help if he has had a bad experience with something the first time round. As you can imagine with Little E’s arrival and the possibility of me being in hospital for…

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