author Emilie Leeks,

Our youngest (2 1/2 years at the time of writing), is generally quite a cheerful, easy-going little boy, but he has never really liked having his teeth brushed - some days are easier than others, and if he is distracted you can sometimes get in and do it without him really noticing. But we really wanted to tackle the root of the problem - even though we didn't have a clue what that was!

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author Emilie Leeks,

She is extremely capable for her age and always has been, but in the last (quite a) few months, she has been asking us to do pretty much everything for her - getting her dressed, doing her teeth, picking things up that she has dropped, etc etc. But this morning I suddenly realised that she was getting herself dressed.

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author Emilie Leeks,

Parenting in our pre-Hand in Hand days, we would never have considered going playful in response to 'rude' or upset behaviour. I don't think we're alone - it just wasn't the done thing in most of our childhoods I imagine, and it would...

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author Emilie Leeks,

Even after 8 years of parenting our autistic son, we still often forget that he can be particularly challenged by events and celebrations which on the surface look like they should create nothing but delight and pleasure. The...

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author Emilie Leeks,

We often get asked variations on the question: 'I want to be a peaceful parent - but can it be done with autistic children?'. Our oldest child (8) is autistic, and we have been trying our best to parent in a responsive, peaceful way...

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