Special Interests


When people are talking about autism, something you are likely to hear a lot about are Special Interests. Lily has a big interest in sports at the moment, she recently passed her next level at swimming lessons which she was really pleased with. We are so proud of her. She hasn’t found swimming easy, but has stuck at it and never wanted to give up. She has shown great determination to achieve this. To see her so pleased with herself is such a great feeling.

She has also been to a couple of different football clubs, which is something she really enjoys doing. It’s funny, because if we play football in the garden, we have to play like it’s a training session. We have to do practise drills, and I get told off if I don’t behave. We currently have a book that we are booking through.

Special interests

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Jacks’s special interests

If you follow me on twitter @DadDoesAutism you might have seen that Jack wants me to do something. He is desperate to do things that can be put on the website. Out of nowhere last night, he decided he wanted me to help him write a “document” on the T Rex.

My immediate thought was that sounds like hard work. Just showing Jack figures on google aren’t going to cut it. He loves to go into real depth on his Special Interests. When it comes to his interests like Pokemon, Secure Contain Protect, Minecraft and dinosaurs. His ability to retain facts is incredible.

Having had the time to think about this request. I think it’s something he’s desperate to do himself, but he doesn’t know how to do it. His writing and typing skills are not at the level required, to do the type of in depth report Jack would want to do. So he needs my help. 

He often talks about wanting to be a scientist or researcher or something similar when he grows up. I think it’s important I try and do this with him. He does very basic stuff at school, and I think he’s craving for more of an intellectual challenge. In the comfort of the home is probably the best place to try this. I will talk to him today and see what he wants to do, and go from there.

Jack loves showing off what he does to people. So I expect he will want me to show it on here. Since I said I will make a art gallery for Lily on here. He has been desperate to contribute somehow. Which reminds me I need to crack on with Lily’s Art Gallery, and Jack wants his section to be called Jack’s Documents. This will be where you will be able to find all the posts, about Jack and Lily’s special interests.

Dad Does Autism

My name is Adam. I live with my partner Natalie, and our 2 children Jack and Lily. Both children are autistic, it is now my mission to show what life around autism is like. Spread the awareness and gain the acceptance that autistic people deserve.

17 thoughts on “Special Interests

  • February 29, 2020 at 3:02 pm
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    What a great post! Aww that’s great he wants to be involved too.

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  • June 14, 2020 at 4:31 pm
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    That book my nephew would love he is footy crazy!!! His brother on the other hand has autism and is obsessed with mechanical movement, he just turned 11 last month too. It is really interesting you sharing topics like this, helps people understand to. I bet he has a lot of detail about minecraft too!! Great post Adam! Tell jack I loved this post too 🙂

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    • June 14, 2020 at 6:43 pm
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      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Jack has been building a Pokemon region in Minecraft for literally days. It’s way too complicated for my understand 😂

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  • June 14, 2020 at 6:31 pm
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    It’s really good too see that Lily is enjoying her sports, and also Jack with his things, which I don’t know anythifnabou, but im sure they are great fun.

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  • June 15, 2020 at 12:56 pm
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    What a great post – I love that he wants “in” and that Lily scolds you for not behaving in football!

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    • June 15, 2020 at 9:42 pm
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      Thank you, he’s got some ideas in his head 😂 I’m sure it’s the parents supposed to be telling the child what to do 🤔😂

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  • June 15, 2020 at 4:52 pm
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    Can’t wait to read more about Jack and Lily’s special interests. I think having such a passion for something is amazing!

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    • June 15, 2020 at 9:44 pm
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      Thank you, that is definitely what I want to be one of the main focuses of this blog. Their interests and what they can achieve doing them.

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  • June 15, 2020 at 5:20 pm
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    I had Jack talk to me about Minecraft once, it blew my mind 😂

    I couldn’t keep up with him.

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    • June 15, 2020 at 9:45 pm
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      I remember it well 😂 like I said at the time, don’t worry, there’s very few who can keep up.

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  • June 15, 2020 at 9:25 pm
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    I love that Jack wants to be involved in creating something, but I love even more that you are ready to encourage his passion and give him a hand in creating what he wants to create. Passion is an awesome thing when you share it with someone. 🙂

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    • June 15, 2020 at 9:49 pm
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      Thank you, in try my best to encourage, without being pushy. Jack has lots of ideas, but he has to be in the “mood” for doing something.

      He reminds me a lot of me, especially when I was younger. A head full of ideas, but has trouble getting them out.

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  • June 15, 2020 at 11:32 pm
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    Fantastic post, Adam! It is great to read about Lily & Jack’s interests. I can’t wait to check out the art gallery and the documents. I’m sure you are right that Jack feels more comfortable (less pressure) being able to work on a report of his choosing at home. Looking forward to hearing how this progresses!

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  • June 16, 2020 at 1:47 pm
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    It sounds like Jack has great goals! And Lily definitely sounds like someone who is going to be very sucessful in the future.

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    • June 16, 2020 at 5:36 pm
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      Thank you. Hopefully they are both successful doing the things they want to do.

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  • June 16, 2020 at 4:20 pm
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    They both sound like amazing kids. It’s funny, you have an idea of what interests your kids will have but often they catch you unawares. Mine seems to know SO much about trains.

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    • June 16, 2020 at 6:54 pm
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      Thank you, that is so true 😂 my nephew is big on trains.

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