It’s 20 years – yep, 20 – since this young man arrived in my life. That’s more or less a generation, and probably a reason to celebrate. I am a fantastic mother – I’ve been keeping children alive for two decades. Admittedly, when this chap first fixed me with his fierce gaze, I had such […]
New term, new things to think about
One of the chicks is getting ready to fly. You could say he’s taxiing to the runway, all cleared for take-off. In fact, if you’re quiet you can probably hear that the nearest emergency exit is behind you. Boy One is off soon and there’s much flurrying. Since last century (or some other time, ages […]
How do you help someone with Asperger’s choose a university course?
Boy One is now in sixth year and working very hard towards an impressive batch of exams. In fact, his results would probably be enough to get him into further education without too much effort. I’m very proud of him, he’s doing so much better than anyone could have predicted. He’s an Explorer Scout, he’s […]
Talking about autism: an agenda for mirth
The number of children diagnosed with Aspergers or other autism spectrum disorders seems to be growing. A primary teacher friend told me she had two such kids in her class this year, but that one was about average. When Boy One was first noticed for his differences, it was still a scary prospect – no […]