This is NOT an autism blog. I use The Long Push Facebook page to share more autism awareness links etc. No, this is the blog of a motorcycling, skateboarding, longboarding autism step dad. Fending off the middle-age-spread by doing some middle-age-shred! check www.middle-age-shred.com to find out what I mean by that! Truth is I know more about skateboards and longboards than I do about autism, but I'm learning all the time through doing this, and that's a major thing for me. Anyway, there are PLENTY more autism parents who write FAR better blogs than I ever could about their family life experiences with autism. I can't namecheck all the great ones I've read, but here are a few worth reading, starting with my favourite, 'Wonderfully Wired'.
Fi is an autism mum from Australia and she somehow manages to write all the things that I wish I could. Lost track of how many times she's hit the nail on the head for me.
First hand experience blogs, from bloggers on the spectrum themselves:
Dan Ritter: http://autisticfinding.blogspot.co.uk/
Paul C. Siebenthal http://aspienaut.tumblr.com/
There are of course, hundreds more, and each is great in its own own right. You'll have your own favourites. Check them out and share your experiences. We can all learn from each other.
One thing I did finds a while ago was this great diagram of the 'Triad of Impairment'. I shared it on the Long Push Facebook page at the time, but kept it to share on here when the time was right. I think this explains things pretty well. Click to enlarge it if you can't read the script at this size...
I'm working on a new blog post to come over the next few days, as well as something from Steven's younger sister Ailsa.
Stay tuned and stay strong.