I just thought I’d share with you the answers to a simile exercise DS1 did at school last year. It’s either a very informative piece on how he views things and people in particular or he has a wicked sense of humour. I’m hoping it’s the latter. He started off well enough: Quick as… a cheetah Slow as… a tortoise Small as… a mouse He then got a bit more imaginative with his answers: Sad

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So DS1 has refused to go to the football after-school club. Apparently he’s never liked it, even though he has done it every week without fail for the last three years. But more of that in a later post. His new thing is judo, before school… on a Monday. He loves it. But last week, he was told to turn up already wearing his PE kit, so they could get cracking straight away. And this

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Why call this blog ‘Autism rules ok’? Well, autism, it’s about rules isn’t it: rules that govern how a child with autism deals with the world; rules that, as a parent, you apply in a vain attempt to guide your child through life, to allow them to develop, to keep them in check; and the various strategies you can use to parent a child with ASD. But, when your child is autistic those rules aren’t

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So, where to start? It’s difficult to start at the beginning, because at the beginning we didn’t know. So I’ll start here and work my way backwards and forwards over the course of these musings. Bear with me. I’m a 48-year-old dad of a boy. The boy is seven years old. He has been diagnosed (in writing) with ASD (autism spectrum disorder), high anxiety and SM (selective mutism), and (verbally) with showing traits of PDA

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ZIMBABWE (1993) We’re standing at the side of the road, thumbs in the air, seeking a ride out of Harare towards the Bvumba Mountains, which lie on the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border. Lorna and I plan to stay at the late author Doris Lessing’s place, now a guesthouse. We’d heard about it through some fellow travellers, Martin and Julia, who are going to manage the property for a couple of months for Lessing’s nephew, Trevor. Our first ‘lift’

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