Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The A to Z of Autism - F is for......

When Mr L was diagnosed back in 2007 I didn't have a clue what Autism was or even what it meant, 8 years on and 2 more diagnoses its still a puzzle. I have been contemplating doing a blog series with all the words associated with Autism to help other parents and to maybe be a bit of a reference point. So say hello to the A to Z of Autism. Each week will be a different letter, last week was E is for and I got some fab inclusions from other autism parents. This week is F is for.........

Forms

I feel like I spend my life filling in forms, if it's not for DLA, it's for school, if it's not for school it's for Doctors. It becomes part and parcel of being a parent of children with additional needs.

Frustration & Fighting

Toni from Gym Bunny Mummy says: Not with Autism or my gorgeous boy but with the system. We're having a complete nightmare at the moment & the other 'f' word is not appropriate! Here's her latest post which explains her frustrations.

Family Fund

Joy from Pinkoddy says they have been amazing at making lives easier. I have to agree, we have used Family Fund for about 4 years and the help they provide is great. The provide grants for families to get things needed for your additonal needs child. There is a criteri to meet, but you can find out more on the Family Fund Website.

Food

Lucie from Our World and Autism suggested food and its a biggie for a lot of us. Miss S has a very biege diet, the only thing of colour she will eat is chocolte and tomoato ketchup. She is very picky over what biege food she eats too. For some children on teh spectrum it can be about the texture of food also.

Friends

Sarah from Dragonriko says -  It might be hard to make and/or keep them but a good friend will understand and be there for you no matter what. I think it's really importnt to find yourself that 1 person you can talk to, to let off steam and even a cry too. 

Flapping

Jane from Our Little Escapades says she is sure Ethan will take off some times. Its common for children on the spectrum to have some kind of flap or tic. Miss S used to flap her hands but she has now transitioned to rocking instead. 

Family

Tina from MotherGeek says - Some help you get through the tough times, others hinder. Some stick by you all, others disappear from your radar. Some embrace autism, others are repulsed. Alas, we can't pick and choose our relatives, despite wishing we could disown a few!

Do you have anything else you would add for F then just leave me a comment below? Make sure you come back in a fortnight for G is for.....
Mandy
xx
Sons, Sand & Sauvignon

7 comments:

  1. Thankyou for enlightening me on autism
    I learning new things all the time

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  2. I flippin hate filling those DLA forms. Actually OH has to do it as I struggle with all the millions of questions...#SpectrumSunday

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  3. Friends is double - difficulty with friendships for the children and very important for the grown-ups! #spectrumsunday

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  4. I really love these posts lovely, very educational for those less familiar with autism too! I nod and agree with all of them! Thank you for joining me on #spectrumsunday I hope you join me again this week. After a laptop malfunction (i spilt my wine) the linky will be live later today xx

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  5. The Future - this is much brighter for your children as you are striving to understand autism and are fighting for the best for your children. Well done.

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  6. I think I would have liked you to include Fun. Surely we all need to try to find time for Fun, it helps us get through the day etc. Life can be so busy, we need to just have a bit of humour in our day :- maybe put on a film comedy, cartoon. Or go out with the kids and take turns on the swings etc.

    Rachel craig

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  7. Seems such a shame that a lot of Time ( which is Precious) is spent Form Filling. Is there support available to deal with this time consuming aspect? Or are Parents / Carers left to get on with this task?

    Rachel Craig

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