Warning: What I’m about to say may sound downright offensive, especially to a group of “news heroes” who were recently featured in the local dailies. Please know, however, that “illuminating” is my intent for this post. Not offending. I call the group I mentioned “news heroes”, not because they were publicly acknowledged for their grit … Continue reading Daily Living With Autism #13 — Worldly success measures needn’t apply
Dear Patience I need a healthy dose of you this season. Because I’m not a good parent when it comes to coaching my autistic son during this exam season. Let me explain using just one of his school subjects by way of illustration. Weird Science! The topic we revised extensively this week was the one … Continue reading Daily living with autism #10: Science is hard!
This week, I was surprised by grief. I know that sounds rather ridiculous. Maybe even disrespectful though certainly, that’s not my intent. The funny thing was I didn’t even expect to feel that way at all! So what happened you ask? A steep learning curve Regular readers will know I have two sons. The youngest … Continue reading Daily living with autism #11 — Is grief love persevering?
Regular readers here know that one of my blog’s four cornerstone content areas — the one that prompted me to start blogging four years ago — is Autism. Over the years, I’ve spent many posts expounding on what life is like as a parent of a child with autism. I’ve even created a few “mini-series” … Continue reading Daily Living With Autism #12 — How Can Transitions Be Better Managed?
There are moments in our lives where neither words nor videos can fully capture the joy they bring. But still, we try. Because we don’t ever want to forget. Like the first kiss. Or the first moment you become a parent. Or that moment your child first rides a two-wheel bike all by himself. Which … Continue reading Daily living with autism #9 – Core strength & Confidence
I know this is going to sound like a broken record because I’ve talked about math worksheets in past blog posts. But because it just happened two days ago on a hot and humid “homework afternoon”, and I ended up all hot and bothered, with my son C all scared and flustered, the memory is … Continue reading Daily Living with Autism #8 — Fractions that fracture
Let me start by saying I want to put the blame squarely on Covid, and the two years of possible intervention that it has robbed us of. But can I? Honestly? I’m afraid the answer isn’t all that clear. What was clear though, after a recent annual follow-up with my son’s assigned senior consultant at … Continue reading Daily living with autism #6 — Beginning again. Again!
Last week, the topic of love languages arose at a kid’s day camp my autistic son C attended. Spanning three days, it was part of our church’s holiday programme for those aged 7 to 12. It’s been two years since such camps were held (thanks to you-know-what), so my wife and I were definitely glad … Continue reading Daily living with autism #7– the 5 love languages
When parenting a boy with disability, one constant concern is this: will he clear age-appropriate milestones in time? I’m no different. With my autistic son, it’s always at the back of my mind, this fear he won’t mature in time to enjoy what his neuro-typical peers take for granted. These could be things like confidently … Continue reading Daily living with autism #2: Surmounting milestones
“Daddy, I don’t want to go to school!” Words I haven’t heard in a long while suddenly rang in my ears. Like some Back to the Future deja vu time loop! What’s going on?! I turned around to see my youngest with a face already turning a steady red to match his tear-stained eyes. “Oh … Continue reading Daily living with autism #3 — School just got harder!