Understanding Autism, Guest Post by Diane Christiansen

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Growing up, Diane Christiansen grew up with dyslexia. She’s now a published author who writes about children with special needs. She also speaks to parents and teachers about learning to celebrate those things that make our children different and her journey with her son and his ASD. Below is a guest post that she kindly wrote for me.  Tomorrow I’ll share my thoughts of SNUB Club. Save the date: May 10!


Understanding Autism
by Diane Christiansen

Autism is a word that I thought I understood. I had taken a psychology class or two in college and I can remember documentaries about children with autism. Flapping of the arms, nonverbal and never attending typical school. But what I didn’t understand is that autism is on a spectrum which means that there many ways that it can present itself in a child. When my son was diagnosed with autism I was…

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Bluebells at Middleton Park – Memories

According to Metcheck website today’s Bank Holiday is meant to be the only day this week with sunshine and no rain so I made sure to treat myself with an afternoon out at Middleton Park. I was originally going to follow one of the heritage trails that they have but got sidetracked by trees and bluebells.

I have many missing memories from my childhood thanks to the years of depression but picking flowers in the woods is one I do remember and cherish. Me and my dad would go to Middleton Park and pick the bluebells. This was over 30 years ago so I don’t think it was illegal then and it was only maybe once or twice a year so hopefully we weren’t responsible for their scarcity now. Wandering around the woods allowed me to follow the words of Ekhart Tolle and Adyashanti (Falling Into Grace – book) by being in the now, not thinking about anything except where I was and the trees and flowers and just stop for a while to take in the beauty of nature.

It’s so easy to get caught up in daily stresses and for me last week was a bad week at work with helping my colleagues work their way through two deaths that sometimes I think we forget to just stop and smell the flowers. The park was filled with thousands of bluebells and just one of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. Who needs to travel miles when you have beauty and relaxation on your doorstep


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