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No Gifts Request for Birthday Party

Mon 5 Jun 2017 8:23am

Hello everyone - my son is turning six next month and we are having a birthday party at home for him. 

We had a party for his brother a couple months ago when he turned three and politely requested no gifts. We have enough toys and books as it is, we don't really have space for more and we're also quite particular about what we allow the boys to have. All they really want is to be surrounded by their friends on their special day. And cake! lol. 

eljesfi's picture

Adults getting direct payments

Sun 28 May 2017 7:09pm


I wonder if there are any autistic adults getting direct payments to pay for a support worker or personal assistant? My family are currently trying to work out how to manage what will happen to me in the future when they are not able to care for me anymore. I need a lot of help to do daily tasks like cooking and cleaning and getting out of the house. I cannot work or go to the doctor or vet, etc by myself.

michaelz's picture

micro-pigs for all

Sat 15 Apr 2017 8:59am

if you haven't got one - acquire one soon!!
Meet the miracle micro pig who taught a non-verbal autistic child to TALK

A GINGER micro pig became the talk of the town during today's This Morning as a beaming mother recalled how the beast taught her autistic five-year-old to talk.

Sam Bailey was born bilingual, but his speech soon deteriorated until he was eventually diagnosed with classical autism.

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controversial pundit katie hopkins has autistic daughter and wonders if she too has autistic traits

Tue 28 Mar 2017 11:40am

...Hopkins has a daughter with autistic spectrum disorder (“She would describe me in facts: ‘My mum has a big nose; doesn’t wear pants; walks around the house naked’”) and Hopkins thinks she too may have traits of the condition...

michaelz's picture

zelda west-meads answers reader's aspie husband dilemma in mail on sunday

Thu 9 Feb 2017 11:54am

Does my husband have Asperger's?

Kimbolina's picture

My ASD daughter

Wed 8 Feb 2017 1:52pm

My daughter is 15 and currently lives with her dad and grandma. i have two other children living with me. My daughter is becoming more withdrawn and doesn't attend any out of school activities or clubs. I am concerned for her wellbeing and state of mind. She lacks in confidence and has suffered anxiety & depression in the past so i am worried this is happening again. I dont know of any clubs or anuthinh in my area thay i can encourage her to attend. She doesnt have a statement or care plan and is not under any services whatsoever!

K hall
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Hilary Griffiths

Fitness trackers or mindfulness apps as an aid to fitness and wellbeing. Anyone with experience they'd like to share?

Thu 19 Jan 2017 6:22pm

My daughter's OT suggested getting a fitness tracker (eg FITBIT or similar) as a tool for encouraging her to be aware of her fitness, but also as a way of tracking her types of sleep, as she is often exhausted all day. (She is 26.) Having completed recently a training in Mindfulness to help combat constant anxiety we wondered about acquiring a Fitbit which also has breathing exercises as an option.  I have heard that some peole can be allergic to the straps, and also am aware that my daughter really doesn't cope with anything round her wrist for very long.

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kaylee rogers - hallelujah

Wed 28 Dec 2016 11:01am

The voice of a 10-year-old girl from Co Down is being heard around the world after her version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah took the internet by storm.

Kaylee Rodgers has autism and ADHD, but has been growing in confidence with every performance after starting to sing at the age of just three.

The little girl, from Donaghadee, is a pupil at Killard House Special School and it was a video of the school choir’s version of Hallelujah that attracted more than 100,000 views.

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unexpected joys of raising autistic child - dancing with max - emily colson

Wed 28 Dec 2016 10:32am

Emily Colson talks about the trials and triumphs she's experienced in raising her autistic son, Max.

Her father, author Chuck Colson (now deceased), joins the conversation to discuss the lessons they've learned from Max which underscore the sanctity of all human life.

audio part one -

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Flat with a balcony?

Mon 24 Oct 2016 9:10pm

Hi guys. Haven't been here for quite a while now for various reasons but well need on advise from someone who understands...

Autism. It's not a processing error. It's a different operating system.


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