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Supporting autistic young people and their families during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Mon 6 Apr 2020 6:04pm

As many of you will know, April is Autism Awareness Month, but this year it is very different.

We are well aware of the disruption Coronoavirus has caused to our daily lives. This crisis is also having a profound effect on children and young people with autism and their families. Many, already deeply affected by isolation, anxiety and financial hardship, will struggle to cope with what the coming months may bring.  

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Safe on social media

Mon 6 Jan 2020 6:43pm

Hello, my son is 16 and is high functioning ASD. Like all teenagers he is keen to find a girlfriend. As it’s easier for him to talk online, he often approaches girls, mostly totally appropriately, but his judgement worries me. He’s kind, but might not be aware if he is coming across as too keen, or worst case a bit OTT or insistent! This worries me, but as a 50 year old parent I’m well aware that I’m out of touch with what kids do now online anyway.

I do talk openly with him, but understandably he wants privacy from interfering old parents!

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Worried about my 18 month old daughter

Thu 22 Aug 2019 12:23pm

Hi. Previously posted about trying to get a diagnosis for my youngest son, now both he and his older brother have a diagnosis of ASD. They were diagnosed quite early, age 3 & age 2 for the youngest son & are both extremely different. 

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Telling my son he may have autism

Wed 31 Jul 2019 12:37am

My son is 7 and we are very certain he has Aspergers and SPD. He has an assessment in September but I feel now he needs an explanation as to why he goes to see the paediatrician, why we fill out forms etc. I’m pretty sure he’s heard us talking about him to close family and friends and I think this may be a cause for his anxiety. 


How do I go about telling him? He's 7, very knowledgeable but sensitive and slightly delayed in his understanding of feelings and emotions. Should I get a story book or just talk to him? 

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Jack D OU student

Finding your place in a career

Thu 24 May 2018 4:21pm

Aftering returning from Florida, reality trully sets in;

I know that now I must find a way out of my current job at Tesco. That job is now just abut money, I have been there too long, I must put my skills and knowledge to use in a professional career. 

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Reaching out - trying to save my marriage

Tue 30 Jan 2018 10:45am

Dear Forum members

Nasreen Rich
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social activist naomi klein has high-functioning autistic son - toma

Sat 2 Dec 2017 11:04am

revelation 35 minutes approx into radio 4's desert island discs.

toma orders his world thru music.

desert island discs :

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steve biddulph - shocking admission

Thu 26 Oct 2017 11:00am

"i have asperger's syndrome..."

final couple of minutes into the food programme - bbc radio 4.

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My 4 year old is on the spectrum

Mon 25 Sep 2017 2:09pm

What organisations are there within London that can help practically or with other forms of support. Guidelines and practical tips that would be useful for the home environment.



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