Autism Blog Hop + Giveaway

I’m honoured and eager to take part again in this year’s blog hop for Autism Month, lovingly initiated by RJ Scott. 30 authors will be featuring a fact each day – which you may or may not know already – and sharing their own thoughts on the topic.

And there are GIVEAWAYS too! Mine is below. Please visit other posts this month, all links are hosted HERE.

Today’s fact: 34% of children on the autism spectrum say that the worst thing about being at school is being picked on.

Today’s fact is distressing. Not only the fact that children are picked on at school – because so many of us are and were, for all variety of reasons: as a mother, it always breaks my heart –  but because so many instances of bullying are because of ignorance. Autism takes many different guises, and appears more or less obviously, according to the individual. We would hope that everyone treats a fellow human, child or adult, with respect and a tolerance for their own unique behaviour.

It doesn’t always happen! But any way we can help promote and ease the awareness of autism, by formal or informal education, will help to familiarise and reassure people dealing with it.

The BBC is featuring the stories from many people diagnosed later in life HERE. Five times as many males as females are diagnosed, and this is a small selection of interviews with women. It’s often harder to diagnose in females, and these stories are fascinating, heart-wrenching, and heartening to read.

**My Giveaway**

Please comment on this post, or on my Facebook where it’ll be copied, and I’ll enter your name for a £10/$15 Amazon voucher. I’ll draw the name on SUNDAY April 8.

10 thoughts on “Autism Blog Hop + Giveaway

  1. I wish there was more autism education going on in the schools for not only the teacher’s and staff but the students also. My son is the only diagnosed aspie in his middle school and the staff automatically think autism and automatically assume he is like a “typical” autistic child, but what they fail to realize it that autism is different for every child. Mine has meltdowns, is extremely anxious, and loves to talk about what he knows endlessly. They don’t know how to properly help him relax and come out of defense mode. The schools are trying to make autistic children fit into society, but I feel society also needs to meet them at least half way and try to understand how autism affects each individual differently. The more understanding there is the less bullying there may be.

    1. Hi Amanda, congratulations on winning the certificate in my random draw. Can you please send me your Amazon email address so I can send it over? Thanks

  2. Thank you for participating in RJ’s Autism Awareness blog hop. Awareness is the most important. If we know more, we can do more.
    It is a sad fact that bullying is still so present in schools. Mostly it comes from ignorance. When my son was diagnosed with autism, the first thing I did was go to the school and talk about it. To teachers and children alike. I did the same in our hockey club. And not once, but several times. And they could always call me if they wanted to know something.
    I am lucky to live in a country where there are special programs in schools for autistic children. Well, for all special needs children, but still every child is different. So an individual approach is still necessary.
    But hopefully we are getting there that each child is accepted just for who they are.

  3. Thank you for the very interesting post, Clare. I found really interesting the BBC features, it has made me think a lot…

  4. That’s an interesting statistic. As you might already know from my blog and FB, my grandson is autistic. I think he was, until he got to a special school, more ‘picked on’ by adults who misunderstand the condition, than by children. There have been lots of incidents of trouble with other kids (though he has lots of good friends) but these have not been initially because of the autism. They’ve usually been normal child arguments/fights/whatever made much worse for him because of his own lack of understanding. One thing I do hope about Autism Awareness week, month, etc. is that we can change the attitude of adults by giving them lots more information. Thanks for posting!

  5. Thank you for the post. Bullying is awful and I wish no kid was picked on because they are different.

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