Our Story
Raising children is difficult.

Raising children with special needs is even more so! Throw into the mix Work and relationships and it is very much challenging!

“We have two boys with Asperger’s Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Both have the same diagnosis but they have different personalities and even some of their Autistic traits differ.”

A typical day of juggling: Children, Autism and Work
“On a typical working day the kids are up and out of the house by 8.30am. Our working day then commences. Forget the washing up it will have to wait! Meetings to attend, staff to meet, new volunteers to greet, it’s all happening. We make sure we are at home by 3.30pm to meet the boys off their transport but work still continues sometimes until early hours of the next day. There is always plenty to be done, but we enjoy it immensely and the boys always want to know how work is going. Taking an interest is great and they understand what we are trying to achieve for others.”

“As parents of autistic children it is natural that we constantly beat ourselves up over little things such as why are we not doing the things other families are doing? Our children can be very happy in their own world, enjoying their own company and doing what makes them happy. Whether it’s playing with Lego every waking hour of the day or watching their favourite programme on continuous repeat for 10 hours straight.”

“Autism can be devastating and every day is different and very unpredictable. Not knowing how, why or when your child may experience a meltdown, but knowing that when it happens you are going to feel totally helpless and distressed because your little baby is trying to hurt themselves, or saying that they no longer want to live even though they are only 7 years of age!”

“Juggling the CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), Paediatrician, Doctors and Dentist appointments, Statement reviews, and IEP (Individual Education Plan) reviews is difficult for all families.”

“We love our boys dearly and we wouldn't change them for the world, their personalities are amazing and anyone with a child with Autism will know only too well the great and "embarrassing" things they come out with, sometimes at the most inappropriate times! Society says our children aren’t normal... My question in response is: What is normal anyway?”

Autism Birmingham has not been without its challenges it's difficult running a business and looking after a family. It is important to us that we set examples to our children. It's virtually impossible to switch off we are constantly looking at ways of improving what we do and of course we have big plans for the future.

If you have any questions or simply want to get in touch, please email us at: peter@autismbirmigham.org.uk or lisa@autismbirmingham.org.uk

Autism Birmingham Community Interest Company N.o 8436641