From ‘Aware’ to ‘Accept’ – my unfinished autism journey

[An edited version of this post first appeared here.] C: “Mister Miss Fairy!” Me: “Carrots and Potatoes…” His older brother: “…with Beef Stew!” These are words my sons and I say to each other whenever C is upset, feels threatened, or thinks he’s in trouble. And to diffuse the situation and reassure him, I would respond with the … Continue reading From ‘Aware’ to ‘Accept’ – my unfinished autism journey

ASD Book Review #3 & Film Review: “The Reason I Jump” is the reason we all jump: to express ourselves

There he goes again. Jumping up and down in rapid succession, shaking his hands as he bounces in delight. C does that each time he gets excited. Like watching his favourite TV cartoon series Paw Patrol, especially when his favourite 'Paw Patroller" Rubble swings into action. It's like my son's senses are being dialled up … Continue reading ASD Book Review #3 & Film Review: “The Reason I Jump” is the reason we all jump: to express ourselves

How one special needs father’s response to bullying is about society’s “greater good”

Photo by Morgan Basham on Unsplash As bullying incidents go, the one that made headlines in Singapore this week wasn't unusual. After all, most of us are already predisposed to believe that bullies will always exist, just like bad hair days. And we all know there are more incidents like this not reported or made … Continue reading How one special needs father’s response to bullying is about society’s “greater good”

Do I say “my son HAS autism” or “my son IS autistic”? It’s really up to him

Photo by Alireza Attari on Unsplash It was rather unexpected. There we were, at what was only our third or fourth meeting in 2019. As mentioned in an earlier post, this rag-tag bunch of fathers who have special needs children, were still getting to know each other. Gathering to bond over shared parenting experiences and … Continue reading Do I say “my son HAS autism” or “my son IS autistic”? It’s really up to him