I’m Hannah, an autistic mother of three. Like lots of late diagnosed autistic women I realised I was autistic when two of my children were diagnosed. In a previous life I was a secondary school teacher, before deciding to retrain and enter the world of communications. I’m passionate about helping people realise that autists aren’t failed neurotypicals, that we aren’t broken and that an autism diagnosis isn’t a tragedy. 

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Autism is not bad behaviour

What do you think of when you think about autism? Does people lashing out, breaking things, screaming and crying come to mind? As humans we have a number of inbuilt responses to help us when we are threatened or in pain. You’ve probably heard of the fight or flight response. We might run away to find somewhere safe, we might hit out at the person causing the threat, we might shout out or cry. This behaviour is built in, involuntary and designed to protect us. Autistic people can have sensory differences, meaning that we feel pain in response to a…

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Language matters

As I’ve started to discuss being diagnosed as autistic with people I’ve noticed how little most people know about the language autistic people generally prefer.  Thinking about autism has been a part of my life for so long now that I sometimes forget that just because something is well known inside the autism community it doesn’t mean the wider public are aware of it.  I’ve been surprised by my reaction to people’s choice of words as on each occasion I’ve known that they had no intention to offend and are entirely well-meaning.  They are generally simply using language they’ve seen…

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The day everything and nothing changed

Earlier this month, at the age of 38, I was officially diagnosed as autistic.  I’ve always felt different, that I just didn’t fit in, but it took realising my oldest daughter was autistic to make me suspect I might be too.  The more I learnt about autism the more I started to recognise myself in what I read.  I realised that I understand M, how she thinks, feels and behaves, in a way that at times seems as though I’m inside her head (which of course she hates!).  Other parents of autistic children told me stories of their desperation at…

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Tall trees with a rope bridge between them

High Ropes

We decided to celebrate the loosening of Covid restrictions by treating the children to a trip to a high ropes activity centre.  I booked the tickets while still caught up in the giddy excitement of the announcement that we could finally do something more exciting than yet another walk to the park, and admit to not really paying much attention to what was actually involved.  T and I booked to do the most basic and simple course.  There was no minimum age, how difficult could something that four year olds were allowed to do actually be? When we arrived at…

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