I’m the parent of an autistic child. My son is now 18. Harry is no longer a cute toddler or an inquisitive child. He is an adult. An autistic adult. And I find that a little daunting…

My blog is called ‘Autistic Kids Grow Up’ because I wanted to track how Harry’s life is set to change over the coming months.

We have already coped with the transition from secondary school to sixth form. The next step for Harry will be another college course to prepare him for independent living.

With a year left to go I wanted to chronicle the steps we have to go through, pass on any tips we pick up along the way and get feedback from others as to what more we can do as parents to facilitate this transition.

Please feel free to add your comments to the blog.


7 responses to “About

  1. Thanks so much for the follow. Your blog is an area dear to my heart as I’ll be going through it in a few years time. No doubt it will change many times over those years but to be forewarned is to be forearmed!

    • My thoughts exactly. Hope to add much more in the weeks & months to follow. Along the lines of “If only I’d known then what I know now…” My feelings are that it’s a minefield & if we can teach others where to tread we can beat the system.

  2. Hmmm…great blog ..thought provoking…and yes daunting…

  3. Many thanks for writing this. My Autistic son is also 18 and we are in the process of completing the 139a and want a specialist college instead of shelving him at the local college for the next few years. your experiences of the process are invaluable to know we are on the right lines.I know he does not want to go to residential, but he needs to go to thrive in the future. There’s just a small matter of convincing the LA they would like to fund it! The next 2-3 months are crucial. Good luck to Harry and to all the family!

  4. So glad i found this blog, my son is 18 and has a diagnosis of Aspergers, he’s always had a statement, we are in the same boat as Jenny Oliver and i really feel it’s all about cost and not individual need. Good luck to all. Jimmy.

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