Blog Archive

All of the blog posts, neatly arrange by year and category… neat

Archive of: babysitter

Developing an autistic Identity.

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In the last two years i have had to develop a true "autistic" identity. This post looks at the main lessons i have learnt along the way.

My Support Network.

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As we get towards the end of 2016 i wanted to document my support network now and also write a bit about the changes which are coming in 2017.

New support plan going well.

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A post looking at the achievements i have made this week and why i think they were possible. Also a look at some of the changes which are coming up.

A painful week of change

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Last week was a very physically painful week. This week was the first week where paid support looked after me more than my friends did. Well that was the plan anyway.

Accepting Autism: Being 5.

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I have always found identity to be a tricky thing. Part of my autism acceptance has been accepting i don’t "have to be" normal. Not entirely anyway. In this post, i explore what it mean to accept the autism and to get comfortable with something "being 5".

A good week.

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A really positive week to relax and recharge. Positive noises from social service (after a trip to anxiety hell!) and an interesting experiment.

Morning Support.

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This week I am running an experiment. Here’s the details with some background on why and what we hope to achieve.

"Autie not naughty."

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Accepting support is really hard. I’m still practicing but here’s some of the points i consider.

Keeping My Job

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Why the right form of support means I can keep my job.

Keeping Busy.

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Getting into the office more, babysitter continues to be amazing. Support gaps are posing a challenge and we are still waiting for social services to write a "report" to propose future plans. Finally, next week i am speaking at the NAS Autism + Tech Conference,

Exploring the limits.

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Last week was really full. I had many adventures big and small and explored lots of limits. Along the way I learnt a few things too.

Carrying Momentum.

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I am just home after a lovely weekend at my friends. I thought now would be a good time to do an update on how last week went and to look ahead at the week to come.

Paying for Supoort.

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One of the big changes for 2015 was that I started buying in support for myself. We call them babysitters ;) it’s slightly tongue in cheek. Worryingly accurate!

Double Update

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I have written this update multiple times, but its never got published! So here’s a short version.

Things are going well. Were establishing routines and there are plenty of small achievements along the way.

Building Tall Towers.

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An overview of this weeks achievements and some plans for next week.

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