Family Night Out

Tonight we went out as a family to a friend’s birthday party. To be honest, these things are not normally occasions I look forward to as any social gathering for my kids can be fraught with difficulty. And, as a consequence, they are normally full of stress and...

My Boy is Oh So Anxious

I’m feeling for my boy at the moment. He is so very anxious and tense and scared. He is preparing to transition to his local mainstream school next year (check out Part 1 and Part 2 of my series on The Road to Mainstream) and it is really, really worrying him...

The Blood Test

Today was a rather traumatic day for both myself and Matilda Bear. She has needed to have blood tests taken for some time now and after one failed attempt which ended rather badly (i.e. no vein found, no blood taken, life-long phobia of blood tests a result) I was...

Birthday Parties & Autism

We’ve ¬†attended a few birthday parties lately – it is certainly birthday party season here at Chez Russell. I have written before about how problematic birthday parties can be for kids on the autism spectrum and the joy and relief I felt when we finally...