Telling My Story of C’s Diagnosis 

Last week, I embarked on a two-month long training programme. The programme's meant to equip me as a 'befriender' or care buddy to other caregivers of children with special needs. Those who need not just the usual professionals like counsellors, therapists, doctors, special needs teachers, or social workers for their children; but also someone who … Continue reading Telling My Story of C’s Diagnosis 

Daily living with autism #1: It’s about small wins!

"Daddy, look!" It was a typical weekday evening, an hour before dinner time. That's when I usually take C for some outdoor play. What we in my family sometimes refer to as his "eye-care" time, away from home screens and out where nature and distant sights of the world await. The ground outside was fairly … Continue reading Daily living with autism #1: It’s about small wins!

How home-based learning is like “realpolitik”!

Former US President Theodore Roosevelt said the best foreign policy was "speak softly and carry a big stick." Talk about a succinct way to define realpolitik and gunboat diplomacy! I often find that to be true too when it comes to home based learning (HBL) with my son C; at least when it comes to … Continue reading How home-based learning is like “realpolitik”!

Parenting Motivations #4 – Sibling Solidarity

Source: Writer's Photo Album (August 2021) One thing that warms the heart of any parent is the opportunity to watch their children happily playing with each other. For me, it's a combination of joy as well as relief. Of late, the latter mostly, because that means I can finally take a break! Sigh...caring for C … Continue reading Parenting Motivations #4 – Sibling Solidarity

Losing It! #2 — Of frogs, bullets and silver linings

When I first started on today's post, my intent was to talk about the progress C's made in the last two years. And yes, there have been quite a few. At some point in the near future, I hope to do him justice with that post. But not today. Today, I want instead to talk … Continue reading Losing It! #2 — Of frogs, bullets and silver linings

Parenting Motivations #2 – Never “take your eyes off the prize”

When my wife and I first made C's glasses 26 months ago, the lenses were at 200 degrees (each!). No doubt high for an eight-year-old. But since we ourselves were bespectacled (his brother too), it wasn't surprising. Disappointing yes, but not surprising. Sadly, four days ago, we were dealt another blow when we visited the … Continue reading Parenting Motivations #2 – Never “take your eyes off the prize”

To be a better caregiver, I must flip my day for night!

As a parent and caregiver, I don't always realise it until my sons are fast asleep at night, so busy am I throughout the day fleeting to meet first one child's needs, then the other's (and back again!). But when the lights are out and my boys are finally in bed, I start to feel … Continue reading To be a better caregiver, I must flip my day for night!

Finally, an action map to support caregivers!

It's tempting to say that this is a coincidence. After all, it was just two weeks ago that I wrapped up my series reflecting on our nation's inaugural Autism Enabling Masterplan. That's a plan to muster all aspects of help and support for the autism community in my country. As I ponder this matter, I … Continue reading Finally, an action map to support caregivers!

Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #6 of 6

This is it, the last autism priority area unwrapped! Finally, after two months! Since the start of May, I've been writing every Saturday about my country's first-ever Autism Enabling Masterplan (AEM) -- launched in January -- and its six High Priority Areas (HPA). Took a break last week to write about Father's Day but now … Continue reading Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #6 of 6

Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #5 of 6

Four down. Two to go. Surely this series I've been writing on the Autism Enabling Masterplan (AEM) and its six High Priority Areas (HPA) can't get any worse. Right? And yet, it just did. With this week's HPA #5 -- Residential Continuum. [If you're new to my blog and this series, please find my brief … Continue reading Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #5 of 6