Faith Mummy suggested this one. I have to agree with this one, my children are so misunderstood, by others not by us. There is also a lot of misconception/misunderstanding about autism in general.
Rainbows Are Too Beautiful says - it's used by many people who have difficulty communicating and it has been key for our whole family. Check out her post All Kinds Of Communication
Rainbows Are Too Beautiful post #MadeUpMilestones is a great read
Gym Bunny Mummy says - definitely milestones for me, both the heartbreak of missing them but also the joy of little breakthroughs too. Take a look at her post Missing The Milestones
Someone's Mum posted His Own Milestones and it's a fab read.
The Sensory Seeker Says - always knows best and is often the one who puts her life on hold, finds the support, the patience, the understanding.
The Sensory Seeker Says - things can be difficult when you have to fill out forms for DLA/PIP and struggle on carers allowance. I agree, I don't think people realise the financial strain of raising a child with additional needs, we can spend over £100 a month replacing clothing that they have chewed through!
Mental Health Issues
Autism Mumma Says - so misunderstood (another M!) unless people have close experience of it
Autism Mumma Says - D gets such pleasure through listening to music, playing her flute and whistling songs, although the listening and whistling are always the same songs and once you've heard it ten times, it can be wearing. For us music can have varying effect, Miss S likes to listen to her type of music, but if something comes on and she doesn't like it she goes into full meltdown mode.
Autism Mumma Says - as in not sharing, which causes issues. We have massive issues with this, the children are really protective over their things and hate others touching it!
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Mother Geek Says - It's on for literally 20 hours a day here. It's the only thing that keeps Sam calm. Send booze! Haha, I can so relate, we have to watch Virgin on demand on a loop constantly!
Autism Mumma Says - without it my T and D wouldn't sleep. We have been on and off melatonin for the best part fo the last 10 years. Mr L doesn't have it all anymore, Miss S is still on the tablet form called Circadin and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't .
The Sensory Seeker Says - helping to switch the brain from one processing system to another.
Being a parent is hard work, being a special needs parent is that bit trickier. Be kind to yourself, make a little me time, even if its only 1 hour a week. You need to be able to switch off and think of no one but yourself.
Some children wth autism have poor/delayed motor skills. Mr L is 12 and still cannot ride a bike and tie his shoe laces. He says it's too much for his brain to think about at the same time.
Are there any other M's you can think of that could be added? If so do leave them all below in the comments. I will be back again soon with the next post, which will be N is for.......
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