Posting A Letter and growing up with ADHD by @Indigo_Reading #ThisIsAutism

By | April 13, 2014

Today has been a Sunny Sunday, a day of smiles, squeals and bounces. Needed for both T and D after their individually busy Saturdays.

Posting A Letter:

I’m including within tonight’s post an achievement for D. The title basically gives it away but please read on, it’s definitely progress for her.

D was diagnosed with autism at 4.5 years old and with it comes a severe stranger anxiety and learning difficulties. She gets confused by two many instructions at one time, instructions have to be in separate parts and using clear but gentle instructions with lots of praise afterwards.

She has a monthly arts and crafts magazine which is usually received as a reward for her (yucky and painful) monthly injection. She really enjoys reading it and will usually attempt to follow the crafts instructions herself, again they’re very clear and concise and set out step by step, very visual too.

Anyway…there was a competition in this month’s magazine, it was to draw a design on a pre-printed sock. She got very excited about this and I’ve had to gently reinforce that quite a few proliferation may enter and that taking part is good, but unfortunately not everyone wins. A bit like Sports Day.

All duly coloured, enveloped and stamped and as our nearest postbox is literally 2 minutes walk away and well within sight of our front garden, with no roads to be crossed, just a very straight path, I asked D if she’d like to go and post it. By herself.

We picked a time when it was quiet, lunchtime as we’re opposite woods which are very popular with dog walkers. No one around. Off she set.


And here she is coming back. She did it!

This was a big achievement for D, she’d managed to a) follow an instruction, b) get there and back straight away and c) not get too scared. We’re definitely not talking going anywhere further by herself but one day…maybe…when she’s much older, she might manage a trip to a shop with me waiting outside. Maybe. Of course there would be a lot more to negotiate then, strangers/money/change and remembering to say “thank you” but it’s a start.

I’m linking this up with Magic Moments, What’s The Story and Small Steps Amazing Achievements because it encompasses all of those!

This Is Autism:

Tonight’s guest post comes from @Indigo_Reading, a very honest post about growing up with ADHD, but without a straightforward diagnosis.

The link above is to the National Autistic Society’s information page on ADHD but here’s their introductory paragraph:
“ADHD is a condition that makes a person inattentive, impulsive and hyperactive. An increasing number of children are diagnosed as having both ADHD and autism, and many parents are understandably confused about the links between the two. Can a child have both conditions and if they do, how can you best support them?”

It’s a very informative read.

Over to S aka @Indigo_Reading:

“Growing up in the 80s, ADHD was more or less unheard of so the diagnosis process wasn’t straight forward.

I spent many years on various diets avoiding E numbers, in and out of the shrink’s offices and taking cocktails of pills. At one point I was even given diazepam but nothing really worked.

I carried on in mainstream education till I was 14 then went to special needs boarding school, there really wasn’t and still isn’t any proper help. My life is a struggle day to day as my brain doesn’t work in the way others do and my concentration is still very limited to the point I can’t even watch a half hour programme. I don’t lack intelligence but due to how my brain works, things that require repetition I can’t do for long periods of time.”

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Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault on 14th April 2014 at 6:29 am.

Having worked with autistic children and I understand how great a step this is for D and how proud you must feel. I am really pleased for you all 🙂


Jeannette on 17th April 2014 at 2:38 pm.

Thank you, it was just fab 🙂


Coombe Mill (Fiona) on 14th April 2014 at 7:24 am.

Little steps like this must be so rewarding. Good for her! #MagicMoments


Jeannette on 17th April 2014 at 2:39 pm.

Thanks Fiona, she was very pleased with herself 🙂


Merlinda Little on 14th April 2014 at 8:32 am.

Congrats to the both of you. Such a nice post to read on a Monday! #whatsthestory


Jeannette on 17th April 2014 at 2:39 pm.

Thank you, it was definitely one to remember 🙂


Jaime Oliver on 14th April 2014 at 5:49 pm.

awww Jeannette this is fantastic!! well done D thats a super achievement! i love the proud grin on the way back 🙂

thanks for linking up with #Magicmoments x


Jeannette on 17th April 2014 at 2:40 pm.

Thanks, she wasn’t sure why I was taking her picture and the significance but it was just great to see 🙂


Sara (@mumturnedmom) on 14th April 2014 at 7:15 pm.

This post really, really made me smile, that photo of D running back from the post box is just wonderful. #WhatstheStory


Jeannette on 17th April 2014 at 2:40 pm.

Thank you x


sabrina montagnoli on 14th April 2014 at 8:28 pm.

She really looks so happy in that photo! It’s great hearing about her achievements.


Jeannette on 17th April 2014 at 2:41 pm.

Thank you, she did really well 🙂


Charly Dove on 14th April 2014 at 8:44 pm.

That photo of D looking so happy really made me smile. How fabulous Jeannette you must have been so proud of her. What a great achievement. Thank you so much for sharing #whatsthestory


Jeannette on 17th April 2014 at 2:41 pm.

Thanks Charly, it was a great moment (very thankful I could keep her in sight though)


Nicola Fraser on 15th April 2014 at 10:04 pm.

Great achievement 🙂 #whatsthestory


Jeannette on 17th April 2014 at 2:42 pm.

Thank you 🙂


Jane Roberts on 22nd April 2014 at 9:58 am.

This is fantastic, wouldn’t it be the icing on the cake if she won something. She looks so pleased with herself in the photo.

Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)


Jeannette on 23rd April 2014 at 9:13 pm.

It would, wouldn’t it. Very proud of her x


rebecca beesley on 26th April 2014 at 9:50 pm.

sorry to hear there still isn’t proper support out there for @Indigo_Reading. Great to see a post directly from someone experiencing what it is like – really eye-opening. x


Jeannette on 30th April 2014 at 9:10 pm.

Thank you, yes it was certainly very interesting.


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