April has positively whizzed by and with the end of Autism Awareness Month comes the end of my nightly guest posts for #ThisIsAutism, all the previous posts can be read by clicking here.
I need to say a huge Thank You to everyone who contributed (name checks below), I have really appreciated every post sent to me and the diversity of topics. I still have a few posts left to include and these will be included weekly, still under #ThisIsAutism on an ongoing basis. Those who haven’t sent posts through yet, please do so and I will schedule.
Another big Thank You is due because I found out today that I’m shortlisted in the Health section of the Brilliance In Blogging awards!
I am so, so pleased to be in the Health section because this also encompasses mental health and I considered this to be a natural category for the blog and my aim of raising autism awareness and acceptance. Last year I was shortlisted in Commentary, which was also pretty amazing!
To find out more about the Brilliance in Blogging awards click here.
The next step is a vote please, I would absolutely love to be a finalist. Clicking here will take you to the voting area and the Health category is category 15.
After all that excitement, I’d better mention our day:
D woke up absolutely full of anxieties today as it was injection day, she’d had a horrendous nightmare last night about having injections all over her body so it was a fragile D needing cuddles at just past 6am this morning.
Her anxieties were bypassed a bit on the way to school but returned with a vengeance once we saw the school nurse. There was squirming, struggles and screams but it’s done and over for another month. Cuddles aplenty as an extra not on prescription!
She thankfully seemed happy to go into class after that and it is definitely better for her to be within the school environment rather than us having to go out via a busy waiting area in the doctors, her still extremely upset.
Her day did improve and she participated in inter-house football, in goal and did very well in that position. Needless to say Hubbie was very impressed. As am I, not only was it a team sport but she was facing people rushing towards her with an aim of getting a fast ball past her!
T has not had such a good day, he is visibly bubbling under the surface with anxieties around the forthcoming SATs, secondary school and uncertainty around football (yet again his team is moving club). This has manifested itself into upset at home as he’s bottled it up during school.
This Is Autism
Tonight’s insert is a poem written by me, which seemed appropriate to use at the end of Autism Awareness Month.
“This is my child, this is my D.
A lovely bundle of fun, isn’t she?
D has autism, an invisible disability,
she is prone to severe fears and anxiety.
Sometimes she’ll meltdown, when events overcome her,
this can be in public and people will stare and whisper.
It’s not her fault and nor it is mine,
don’t judge what you can’t or won’t understand, a bit of empathy would suit us just fine.
This is my D, she likes butterflies and crafting, she doesn’t like strangers or loud, sudden noises.
That’s difficult living next to people who play loud music with raised voices.
Sometimes she can’t express how she’s feeling, her instinct is to run irrespective of danger,
that would the one thing if I could, I’d change about her.
This is my D, I don’t know what the future holds, it can make me fearful, make me not want to grow old.
Society needs to accept those with an invisible disability, the cause of autism isn’t known but I know it’s linked genetically.
Be aware of those children you may see acting “differently”,
be aware but don’t judge too quickly.
Underneath our bravado and extremely thick skin,
we’re smarting a bit because Society won’t let us in.
Any child could be born with an invisible disability,
it could happen to anyone, it happened to me (twice).
This are my children, my T and my D. I just want perceptions to change and people to see..
they’re really great children if you look beyond their autism (T is high functioning, at the other end of the spectrum to D).”
And thanks goes to the following for contributing fantastic guest posts during April, these are their twitter names:
@clkh_ @hildawheeler @emzamy @EmmaS1971 @MotherStargazer @YoungDadddy @mamaasp @EthansEscapades @ojosworld @StephC007 @RuthMancini1 @TheBeesleyBuzz @Indigo_Reading @DraconiX_CB @manicmippismum @autiepower @lauren_holmes12 @handmchallenge @soundcube @neiley83 @savvywendy @ClassicTrekker @trevor1892 @followthewabbit @alwayshopesally
D’s teacher, ASD liaison worker and a school governor.
Thank you also to everyone who reads, RTs and comments, everything helps with awareness.