Autism & Aspergers

Entertaining one child while the other is swimming

September 12, 2014
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A while ago I asked on facebook for ideas of how to entertain Heidi poolside while Annie swims, given Annie is swimming every other day┬áthis is become a bit of a huge thing in our lives. I thought I would report back on how we have gone. ┬áColouring in has proved successful, as has building […]

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We lost Heidi

September 10, 2014
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Only briefly but it was still heart stopping scary. We’ve been going out to the market on Sunday mornings to do our weekly shopping, it works so much better for the whole family. Being outdoors the noise doesn’t echo and there is no music playing through shop speakers, occasionally there is a performer singing or […]

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How do you tell an Autistic child their Dad is in hospital?

August 27, 2014
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This is the question that consumed my sleep Monday night last week…. well technically early Tuesday morning. I wasn’t sure how much the children, especially Heidi would take in, sometimes she fixates on the one word and the rest of what you say is lost. Around midnight my husband got up to go to bed […]

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Murderous Mama Cow Duck

August 7, 2014
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Innocent bath toys on the side of the tub, just an ordinary bathroom scene in a house with children. The bath was run after school, our third afternoon of tears, hysterical distress. A nice calming bath. She was in there for an hour. We had a bath bomb from Daiso, it dissolved to reveal a […]

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Autism, Trains, Plans and Anxiety

July 21, 2014
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During the school holidays I had a meeting to go to in the city, it started at 6pm. So the girls and I caught the train in to Flinders Street station together, once there we met up with their Dad who had just finished work, they went home with Dad while I went on to […]

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Swimming, Archery, Swimming, Soccer, Swimming, Taekwondo, Swimming, OH MY!

May 28, 2014
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Annie has been going through a rough patch recently, not fun for her at all. We noticed that if Annie does a lot of sport each day she is much happier. I’m talking a lot, last Thursday she played soccer in the morning (and scored a goal), that afternoon she did her usual hour of […]

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First school camp

May 19, 2014
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We were all a bit nervous (or as Annie would say nervited*) about Heidi’s first school camp. Three days, two nights away from home. No way was I going on camp with her, how would I know if Heidi could cope on her own if I didn’t give her a chance to try. Thankfully the […]

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Jumping for Joy

May 2, 2014
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One of my very good friends from Heidi’s years in early intervention believes that when a child is diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum they should automatically receive funding for a trampoline. Given how much both my girls love to bounce and jump and bounce and jump and bounce and jump, I do have to agree […]

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Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

April 19, 2014
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Disclaimer: We received free entry tickets to the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, all opinions are my own. We were lucky enough yesterday to attend the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Werribee Park. Proceeds from the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic go directly to the Good Friday Appeal which benefits children and families at […]

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Well that was just awesome, best dentist ever!

April 16, 2014
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After all my worries yesterday and Heidi’s steadily climbing anxiety, we rocked up at Lucas Paediatric dentist in a bit of a mess. Heidi’s tummy hurt, she needed to go to the toilet 4 times in half an hour, the last time, just before we went in to the dentists room. Heidi locked in the […]

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