“It’s Chrriiissstmaaass,” shouted Noddy Holder on, arguably the best festive record ever, Merry Christmas Everybody (Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl excepted). I wish it wasn’t. As I alluded to last time out, the build-up to the big day can send autistic kids spiralling out of control, and our boy is no exception. The mess in the house has reached Armageddon-like proportions. No sooner is it cleared away then it reappears

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You may have noticed that Christmas is coming. For many, it will be the dreadful music that shops suddenly feel the need to inflict you with that indicates that ’tis the season to be jolly, for others it will be the infamous, but tiresome, John Lewis ad. For us, it is the deteriorating behaviour of an autistic child – or, as his teacher noted recently: “There has been some silliness”. Whether all of his ‘silliness’

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When he 'greets' me as I pick him up from school, he seems a bit subdued. Maybe he's just tired; it is Friday after all. Or maybe it's because it was Children in Need day, so things would have been a bit chaotic in class – either that or he's annoyed with me because I didn't sort out anything spotty for him to wear (administrative error). As we come out of the gate he just

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