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I absolutely adore this sentiment and felt it was the perfect one to go with a disability book week post. 😊

I am very fortunate to know some pretty amazing disability awareness book authors and we have decided to offer our ebooks for free today and tomorrow. They are all available on Amazon. I will share a link in comments that should add all of them to your cart for free.

Here's what books are included...

- My two SPD books: Rosalee the Seeker and Alexander the Avoider

- This Kid Can Hyperfocus (about a goat who has ADHD and wants to make his friends smile)

- Mighty Mila (about a girl who has cochlear implants)

- Alice Eloise's Silver Linings (about a girl and her service dog)

I hope you will spread this post around like confetti so we can get our disability awareness messages out and in front of as many people as possible. 🥰

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Photos from Sensory Stories's post

Photos from Sensory Stories's post


As a dad of two autistic boys, I’ve known some ‘strange’ things lead to a meltdown over the years. This morning was a new one on me…

Our day started at 4:20 with Tommy leaping out of bed and bounding down the stairs. After grabbing his books, he got into bed with me, and for the next hour everything was ok.

At around 5:30 he went back downstairs, and I could hear him pacing about anxiously. He grabbed his AAC device and typed “bye moon, bye moon, bye bye moon.”

He pressed it again and again, tears in his eyes, and started running around the house. He looked out of the window upstairs and waved bye. He started stomping around, screaming, slapping the walls.

See, what Tommy wanted was for it to be daylight. He’d woken up too early, couldn’t understand that he’d been awake for an hour and it was still dark. It was sending him into a meltdown.

After 5-10 minutes of me desperately trying to figure out what to do, with at least another hour before it would be light, I grabbed his iPod and set a timer. This has worked in the past for when we’re going to leave somewhere and need Tommy to wait, but only ever for 20 minutes. Tommy would keep an eye on it, and each time the number of minutes changed, get me to say that number out loud.

Tommy understood the timer, but being so anxious, he was struggling to control himself. He frantically pointed at the second numbers, and I counted them down for him.

He stood over me, watching all the while, as I counted down a couple of minutes. If I paused for a breath, to swallow, or didn’t keep up he’d get anxious again, and so I tried to focus.

We ended up on the sofa, me half asleep, Tommy watching over me, flapping, bouncing his ball, and remonstrating every time I lost count.

And so we went on. For an hour, me counting every single second, until with about 5 minutes to go, Tommy decided it was light enough outside for him to relax, and everything was ok again in his world. As if nothing ever happened.

Meanwhile I had gone slightly stir crazy with all the counting 😆

So many thoughts went through my head during that time. How difficult life is sometimes for Tommy, when expectations and routine don’t quite match. How grateful I am that he was able to communicate enough with “bye moon” for me to understand what the problem was. If not we may well have had a huge meltdown until the sun came up.

And the thought of how some days I just wished life was a little bit more simple 🙃❤️


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For so long people believed only boys could be autistic, but thank goodness we now know that autistic women have been there all along 🙂
Check out our Famous Faces page to see lots of prominent women (and men) on the spectrum:
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After the Three Minute Theatre, life has changed but the skills of Gina and John haven’t.

We can now welcome with its talented audience who welcomes neurodiversity.

Gina has had Asthma since she was 21 amongst other things. She was diagnosed with Asperger late in life. She didn’t let either of them put her off carving a singing career. She has loved every minute she has spent on the stage singing and performing. It has helped her considerably with her communication, social and presentation skills.

She’s now 62 and John 63. They love to make music and create comedy plays. They also enjoy helping others. They are honing their skills and developing this new and exciting project. Manchester Shakespeare Company Barrier Busters are involved too. They will be performing MSC adaptations of W. Shakespeare classics. Please be generous with donations. They will financially support Different Voices projects now and in the future. Thank you

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