SPACE Helping Families With Children on the Spectrum

Last week I wrote a piece on why I’ve chosen to fundraise for a local charity called SPACE for this years World Autism Awareness Week. I wanted to take the opportunity to explain a little more about the charity and what makes them so worthy of your donation. Space is a Hertfordshire based charity supporting parent/carers of children and young people on the Autistic Spectrum, with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a related condition. The group has been running since 2007 and became a registered charity in 2017.

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Why I’m Fundraising For SPACE Autism Awareness Week 2018

Space is a charity supporting and relieving the needs of families and carers of children and young people diagnosed or under assessment for ASD, ADHD and related conditions but not exclusively.

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Growing Pains

With the reality of Sonny turning 6, I feel a monumental shift coming in the dynamics of our family and Autism parenting as I’ve known it to be. A whole new bundle of worries and what if’s.
So why is it that Sonny’s now 6 do I feel apprehensive? I mean we have no upcoming transitional milestones such as his first day of school, first school trip or first sleepover. We’ve accomplished diagnosis. All those milestones have either been and gone or are nowhere close enough for me to start fretting over.

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My Darling, Be Bold, Question Everything.

On the way home from school this evening my eldest son, aged eight, opened up to me and ranted all the way home. As insignificant as this may seem to others, it meant a great deal of importance to me. You see, he’s a special needs sibling, he’s also the eldest of his two brothers and he has learnt through trial and error, keeping quiet and staying out the way keeps him out of the chaos at home. It’s unfortunate and it hurts to watch him saunter to his bedroom as soon as we get through the door, but truth hurts. The reality of our situation is that often he just wants to be alone, doing his own thing, away from the drama. I can’t say I blame him either.

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