Anger: “Why is this happening? Who is to blame?”

As my anxiety increased about an autism diagnosis, I could also feel the anger increasing inside of me.  Initially my anger was centred around the unfairness of the world, in particular my world and Lammy’s world.

At this time Lammy was attending a great childcare centre several days a week.  As per normal, the kids in his group started having regular parties, mostly birthday parties, which at their peak numbered almost one every week.  Trying to keep my child in the ‘normal’ group, I insisted on attending as many parties as we could.  But all the parents (and I suppose me too) knew that my child always needed my attention, didn’t understand the games, let the balloons go, got upset if the routine of the party was different to the others, wouldn’t listen and didn’t understand instructions for games or the food and more.  And in retrospect I was tense, really tense.  But I persisted and we went hoping that the next party would be better.  But then we just stopped being invited. Continue reading “Anger: “Why is this happening? Who is to blame?””

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Being Proud (and getting a great haircut)

My eleven year old son, Lammy, has some very definite plans about what he would like to do when he grows up.  Firstly he would like to move to Denmark and become a ‘Lego factory man’.  I will miss him, but he has let me know that I am allowed to come and visit him in Copenhagen.

Being one of the now generation, he does however see that he will change careers over time.  So once he is finished with the Lego Factory he will be returning to Australia to become a Primary School teacher. Continue reading “Being Proud (and getting a great haircut)”

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