March 30, 2020

Ok, a note beforehand: although the government of The Netherlands has not yet enforced a full lockdown, several firm measures are in place that have had quite an impact over everyday life. People are pressed to stay at home as much as they can. Outside, social distancing is mandatory. Schools, restaurants, sport facilities and such are closed and being part of a crowd larger than three people can result in a substant...

January 30, 2020

Although many people are familiar with the word 'autism', we have found that often their viewpoint of the condition limits itself to rather stereotypical and downright false ideas.  

I would like to take the time to address 5 common misconceptions about autism and set the story straight. 


Ok, a bit of cheating here, since those are actually t...

April 3, 2019

Parents of an autistic child will find themselves at one point asking questions like: What is the cause of autism? Did we do something wrong during pregnancy? Why did this happen to us?

These questions often go hand in hand with a sense of guilt. It can be very confronting to face sadness and disappointment towards the child you love immensely and care for deeply.

Let me tell you this: it’s perfectly normal to feel unhappy at ti...

January 20, 2019

I will turn 5 this year, and I’m not yet talking. Although I’m progressing on several areas, verbal communication is the biggest challenge our little family faces at this moment. 

When I was 2, I didn’t speak as well, but somehow -although the average 2 year old speaks about 50 words- this never turned into any problematic situations. 

For example: at the grocery store I can do strange things like climbing into somebody else's s...

January 9, 2018

Ok, I just got back from a week on the beautiful Canary Island Fuerteventura and -like on any other trip- my parents learned a valuable lesson: even if something seems disastrous at first, don't give up trying. Let me get this out in the open: most 'first time' experiences with me are complete and utter madness. The first time on an airplane for example, or the first time at the shopping mall, I cried, shouted, ran, jumped and...

November 4, 2017

On June 5 2017, I turned three years old and I was about to start a new journey. After months of painstakingly trying to get me the right help, my mom and dad found the perfect place: the ABA House in Dordrecht (ABA 'Huis' in Dutch), a daycare/(pre)school for kids with special needs just like me. I go there every day from 9 AM to 3 PM and have five fantastic classmates and three very kind and patient teachers. I felt at e...

March 22, 2017

People ask my parents frequently how hard it is to travel with an autistic child. The strange surroundings, new environments and rapid impulses: what effect does it have on a child who normally doesn’t respond that well to sudden changes?

It is hard to speak for all autistic children and families. Every child and every situation is different and requires its own approach.

What worked in my favor is that my parents were fanatic t...

February 18, 2017

My mommy and daddy were very sad when I was diagnosed around two years of age with autism. Not that they regretted having me in any way or wished I was a ‘normal’ child (they said they only loved me MORE after they found out), but the sadness was a result of deep insecurity related to my future. I’ll be honest; the range of possibilities in development for an autistic child goes from one end of a spectrum to the other one, and...

February 1, 2017

Maybe you think of someone who doesn’t make eye contact and lacks all forms of social behaviour. Maybe you think it’s got to be exactly like Rain Man, or –depending what generation you’re part of- Sheldon Cooper. Whatever your thoughts on autism are: it isn’t easy. Take note however that autism can present itself in a wide array of behaviour and character traits. The spectrum is so huge that one autistic person simply cannot b...

January 10, 2017

When I was two years old, I hadn’t said a single word yet. That’s right; no ‘mommy’, no ‘daddy’; nothing. It was around this time that my parents were getting worried, because other kids my age were already saying up to 50 words and making small sentences.

At first they thought there might be something wrong with either my hearing or my tonsils and so they took me from doctor to doctor, from clinic to clinic. But they all concl...

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