Life at home | Page 5 | Ambitious about Autism
Skip to Content

Life at home

samkay29's picture

Autism, dla and facing surgery

Fri 20 Nov 2015 3:50pm

have two autistic children aged 15 and 13. Both were diagnosed officially at the age of 10. My son is 13 and has toe walked ever since he learnt to walk. This has in the last couple of years caused a problem with him getting pain both in his legs and his lower back. He was referred to physiotherapy and to orthotics and was fitted with night splints as we was told he has extremely tight tendons in both ankles and very little range of motion.

Autist2's picture

really upset - issues with mum

Sun 15 Nov 2015 9:31pm

So I moved out of my parents' house last week, and since my mother is no longer caring for me I stopped her carer's allowance so that I would be able to get disability premiums, as I have been really struggling financially. I warned her before it was going to happen today. (I don't know if they will stop this week or next week). She said that she thought she would still get the carer's allowance until I was completely settled and could get everywhere by bus and not need lifts or come round for meals or anything.

michaelz's picture

andrew edwards on bbc 5live's afternoon edition - plus listeners' phone calls

Wed 4 Nov 2015 1:05pm

afternoon live - bbc 5live - 2 hours and 20 minutes into programme approx.

interview with andrew edwards and phone calls from members of the public.

afternoon edition -

andrew on the today programme earlier this year -

andrew : mr MUTV - their very own `statto` -

michaelz's picture

the life you never expected - book by andrew and rachel wilson

Thu 29 Oct 2015 11:35am

click on free copy tab at top of page for free online access.

Unexpected items

One of my favourite reads over the summer was Andrew and Rachel Wilson’s new book The Life You Never Expected (IVP). The couple, who are both involved in church leadership, share how their lives were turned upside down when their two children unexpectedly regressed into a form of severe autism.

Having interviewed Andrew a number of times in his capacity as a theologian, it was a revealing portrait of the complexity of the real-life family circumstances...

SherpaMum's picture

Help with team sports

Wed 7 Oct 2015 5:38pm

We had parents ' evening last night.  My son is 8 and high functioning.  Academically everything is good, the school are working with him and he is learning to cope better.

Team sports are another matter, my son is really struggling.

He does hockey, which he is no good at, but he seems to work OK.  Hockey is taught boys and girls.  Rugby is a nightmare.  He won't work in the small group of boys and is terrible.

csjfraser's picture

Refusing to go to school

Mon 5 Oct 2015 8:41pm


We have a 12 your old boy who was diagnosed with ASD (Aspergers) and ADHD about 2 years ago. We also have two other children who are 10, who do not have any diagnosis at all.

Our 12 year old recently passed the 12+ and gained a late entry into the local grammar school, which he started about a month ago, leaving a small private school, where we felt he was not being supported enough emotionally/mentally.

Moira.s.x's picture

In need of advice!

Mon 5 Oct 2015 1:59pm

Hi. I have a son aged four, diagnosed with autism this year. And now am really worried about my younger son who's really two.
Both boys are very different my four year old, is now talking but had speech delay, he attends mainstream school, he's quite, spends a lot of time on his tablet, lots of anexity, and social difficulties as well as poor eye contact and poor diet.

Pinklady's picture

Struggles, professionals, diagnosis

Wed 30 Sep 2015 4:09pm



my husband and I are cu Renton on the early bird plus course. We are only on week two but feel like our questions are never answered. Maybe I'm expecting too much? Possibly because my unicorn superhero is the only female in the group and there aren't any experts aka mums and dads of females to ask? I dunno. 


Dizzy90's picture


Mon 28 Sep 2015 5:45pm

Hi again - not even really sure what I want to say but I'm having a pretty rough time and didn't know where else to turn really! Sometimes I really enjoy solitute, but sometimes having a friend to turn to would be really nice!

The stars and the moon will be gone too soon, and tomorrow becomes today
Dblitzen's picture

The thought of university is freaking us all out!

Wed 16 Sep 2015 12:27pm

Hi all,

I'm new to this group.  I joined so that I could get some advice on how to help my 17 year-old son (and us!) cope with his application and transition to university.  He is doing his A-levels at the moment and his AS results were so-so.  So already there's a lot of pressure building to re-take some modules and do well on his A-levels.  With the new system, this means that AS resits and A-level exams all happen at the same time at the end of the year.  


Back to top