The Autism Chronicles

Return of the blog.....

So in my head I have that song from the 90s, “Return of the Mac” as I write this…. except that noone knew I’d be back as noone probably knew I went away.  Well I have been away for almost 18months.  The reasons for this are varied.

I’ve launched an arts...Read More »

Realising Your Achievements

I have been feeling pretty rubbish lately; family problems, poor health and life not going as I want it to have left me feeling, well shit to be honest.  In my head I have a picture of what life should be like and how I should be and my reality...Read More »

Faces of Caring Exhibition

I did write a big post here but somehow I managed to delete without realising; publish it and then realise so I could not press undo….. don’t you hate it when that happens?!

Anyhow the Faces of Caring exhibition is a photographic exhibition curated by the lovely Katherine Sparks of...Read More »

They are driving me mad

Yes from the title you’ve probably guessed that I am feeling a little on the edge.  My dear, sweet lovely children are in fact, driving me loco.

This morning we had the OT and Moo was about as uncooperative as he could possibly be. He refrained from answering most questions, much...Read More »

Disability and worth

In this post-Capitalist society where you are judged it seems on purely monetary and aesthetic terms what are you worth when society deems you to be invisible?

Since becoming wheelchair bound this is a question that I ponder a lot.  The way disability is portrayed by the popular press in recent...Read More »

Stones Smashing into the Earth

No don’t worry that’s not some kind of sensationalist headline.  No it is my son’s latest worry.  When I say worry that’s putting it rather mildly.  He has managed to convince himself that some stones are about to crash into planet earth and we are going to then crash into...Read More »

The Voice Final and why people depress me

It is not usual for me to feel compelled to write about a TV program.  But things happened on Twitter this eve that have made me want to say something.

As a disabled woman I find the comments that I have seen on twitter this evening depressing and disgusting.  Even More »

Arts Able Survey

As I’m sure you are aware I have been working very hard lately on trying to start a charity to help children who have developmental disabilities access the arts in a more useful and interactive way.  If you are interested in finding out more then please have a look at...Read More »

Kissing Crazy


Life with a child on the spectrum is never dull.  My son is now obsessed by kissing.  When I say obsessed I mean it and it is doing my head in!It all started a couple of weeks ago.  He is obsessed with Cinderella and Princesses, no don’t laugh, he is. ...Read More »

Charity Begins at Home

“What an odd blog title” I may hear you say.  Well not really when you understand the context.  No, I’m not really some misanthropic person who wants to end all do-gooding.  On the contrary I am setting up a charity due to my son’s disability.


It occurred to me after going...Read More »

Get Involved with your Community

So I have been a bit quiet again of late.  This is because as well as feeling very poorly, I have also been mega-busy.  I finally have a new portfolio (not finished yet) up and running.

You can find it here:

I’ve joined a local co-operative and this morning I...Read More »

What's in a word? Part 1

I am interested in words, for a while a lot of my photographic work utilised text.  I find its form, shape and meaning all very interesting.  It is because of this interest that I decided to go on a hunt, a hunt for “AUT”.

Autsim is a word we have come...Read More »

Why Colin Brewer is Wrong


I do not usually take part in blog link ups.  It’s not that I have anything against them, I don’t.  It’s just I’m not a very  “bloggy” person.  Now this seems ridiculous as I ran a blog alongside Little Doers before costs (the cost to me) made me take the...Read More »


I have been looking up various things to help with my autistic son’s behaviour of late and came upon the idea of traffic lights systems.  The problem is that for what these things are, essentially a laminated piece of card with a traffic light image and some words on, the...Read More »

The Holiday

To most people a holiday is a time to relax, to idle away the hours and forget about your stresses.

That’s most people.

The parent of an autistic has a somewhat different experience.

It all starts rightly enough, you convince yourself this time will be different, you can forego the schedule and pecs...Read More »

"I hate everybody in the whole planet"

I love my autistic son.  He cracks me up so much, it took me over 30 years to become a bit of a misanthrope but he has managed it in under 5.

Today has been a bit of a shitty day for him.  We are going away tomorrow and so the...Read More »

The Lonlieness of the Autism Parent

I find it very difficult to be honest with myself about my feelings.  There is always that inner voice telling you that you’re bad or wrong for thinking a certain way, or that others will judge you and you should keep it to yourself.

After a while these feelings become overwhelming...Read More »

"I don't like Playschool"

So meltdown moo does not like playschool.  Anyone who asks him will get this answer.  Well that is if they ask him over an hour after he gets home from said playschool, as in the golden hour after picking him up he loves it.   Now you might wonder why, if...Read More »

The Autism Chronicles Day One

So today I have decided to start writing down some of our daily experiences due to Meltdown Moo’s issues.  Before I begin you must understand that we are quite a batty family anyway and we already stand out of a crowd.  Let me introduce you to the players:

Mum: That’s me. ...Read More »

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