Easter Holidays 2021

Easter Holidays 2021

The school holidays are always an interesting time, for families with autistic children. The Easter Holidays 2021 were no different for us. Jack particularly struggles with the school holidays. Like many autistic children, the sudden change of routine throws him out. He does enjoy time at home, especially spending all day in his bedroom. Watching TV and playing in his computer, he did become a teenager after all.

The lack of a rigid routine takes its toll and by the time we come to the end of the holiday. Jack can’t wait to get back to school. We do try to get routines in for the holidays, but it’s just not the same as when he’s at school.

It’s the complete opposite for Lily, who never wants the holidays to end. I’ve talked a lot about Lily’s problems at school, and there will be a lot more to come. There were tears Monday morning, but he first 2 days of school seem to have gone okay.

How we are doing as parents

As far as myself at Natalie go, we are getting on with things the best we can. The passing of Natalies mum at the end of March, has obviously hit her hard. The kids being off school 2 weeks, from the day after the funeral wasn’t ideal. It’s been nice to have a bit of quiet time over the last couple of days.

I was recently asked to join the team of writers for an American Football website. It has always been a dream of mine to combine my love of writing, and my love of sport. I’m absolutely delighted to get this opportunity, and excited for where it might lead. If your interested in American Football, or might just like to take a look. Or just show me some support, you can see the first article I wrote by clicking the following link. https://franchisetagged.com/the-case-for-best-player-available-early-in-the-draft/

That’s it for my little Easter Holidays 2021 update. I hope you all had a lovely Easter, if you celebrate. As always, thanks for reading.

Dad Does Autism

Autism Awareness Week

Autism Awareness Week

I put up my first post in a long time earlier in the week, and it was a complete coincidence that it happened during Autism Awareness Week. To be honest, it’s never been something I’ve been bothered about. Which is why I was blissfully unaware of the coincidence.

The cliche of autism being 365 days a year, not just one week is absolutely true. So is the argument that just about everyone is now somewhat aware of autism. So that should not be the aim anymore, the aim should be to encourage autism acceptance. The other problem I have with this week, is that it brings all the things I don’t like in the autism community to the forefront. Especially on social media.

A friendly reminder

Unfortunately just like every other part of society, there is a lot of nastiness about in the autism social media community. Personally I stay well out of it. I have enough to do, and enough problems without getting embroiled in that. What I would like to say though, as a friendly reminder during autism awareness week. Is that we are all trying to do our best. For ourselves, for our children and family, or in our workplaces. Whatever it is the vast majority just want autistic people to be accepted, and able to live the best life they can.

The best way to make that happen is by supporting each other, not by shooting each other down. Which is something I see far too often. There are a lot of great supportive people out there, I just wish there was more of it, and less of the ugly stuff. Yeah

That’s all I’ve got to say today. We would like to wish you all a Happy Easter, and don’t eat too much chocolate! As always, thank you for reading.

Dad Does Autism