The A - Z of Autism - D 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 C is for and I got some fab inclusions from other autism parents. This week is D is for.........

This word was suggested by Tina from MotherGeek and Toni from GymBunnyMummy and its a big one for us to. For Tina diet is a constant battle, with Sam refusing to eat anything with dairy or calcium in. For Toni and her Son prefers fromage frais and dried bread. In our case Miss S have a beige diet, apart from baked beans. She has to take vitamins to ensure she gets all her daily needs. This is also a battle as she refuses to take them! It's a vicious circle, lots of ASD children have issues with their diet, it can be down to sensory issues and most children, like Miss S have a dietician as one of the regular professionals.

This is the most obvious D in the A to Z posts, diagnosis is a massive hurdle for all ASd parents. The battle to get to it, what it means when you have it and the aftermath of dealing with the actual diagnosis. Joy from PinkOddy and Ann from Rainbows are too beautiful suggested Diagnosis also. For us we were lucky and diagnosis was quick and straight forward. It's not the case for some and it can be a long rocky road. The best advice I can give it find someone to talk to, right everything down and keep a diary. In some appointment's they want to know the ins and outs of everything and when you deal with your child on a daily basis it's easy to forget some of the things they do. Having it all written down means it's easy to refer back to.

This is sometimes a condition that can go hand in hand with an autism diagnosis. Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech. Children may present with difficulties with self-care, writing, typing, riding a bike and play as well as other educational and recreational activities. This is something Mr D is being assessed for at the moment.

Do you have anything else you would add for D then just leave me a comment below. Make sure you come back next week for E is for.....
  1. Of course Dyspraxia! Yep, we had that in abundance!

  2. Yes, diet huge issue here too, so limited... Am off to see a doctor about it next week funnily enough!!

  3. These terms are making me remember my lectures college we used a lot of these terms #science student

  4. Interesting post - my cousin has autism so i know quite alot about it. Diet is definately an issue!

  5. Diagnosis is always defficult
    My cousin was diagnosed with aspergers
    Because of poor diagnosis and information she moved to London from Ireland and says the service there is great

  6. I think doing a series of posts to help others is fantastic, when my friend was having a particularly low time worried how her son would function as an adult, i put her in touch with my adult autistic friend, her outlook is much brighter now, its great for people who understand what they are going through to speak to :) x

  7. This is so true. I am really enjoying reading through your articles about living with an autistic child. xxx

  8. Digestion, as I have heard that some are prone to constipation, which I would expect must be uncomfortable. Yet how does the child communicate this discomfort. Also how does parent /Carer interpret child's body language, behaviour etc.

    Just what is causing the constipation, and how can it best be prevented or relieved? Sufficient fluids, sufficient fruit, vegetables, roughage.?

    It seems that parents may need to consider child's physiology etc. As well as Activities of Daily Living. Exercise may benefit child, as will receive endorphins ("feel good hormones").

    Rachel Craig


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