Joanna Grace is a Sensory Engagement and Inclusion Specialist and founder of The Sensory Projects. Her Twitter: @Jo3Grace. Her son recently became the UK’s youngest author when Routledge published his book, My Mummy Is Autistic, with a foreword by Chris Packham. Joanna’s own book, The Subtle Spectrum, also by Routledge, is due for publication this year.
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I am autistic. In previous articles I have written about how masking my autism made it difficult for my midwives to give me the care I needed and about the adjustments my local midwife team made for me when we finally realised how significant my being autistic was to my access to health care. In this article I talk about my experiences after birth.
Read more…. Dealing with Differences in Autism
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I am autistic. I did not think being autistic would make much difference on my experience of being pregnant. I was humbled to learn otherwise. I am fairly typical of a generation of women who are being diagnosed as autistic in adulthood. Of course, autism is a spectrum, so everyone’s experience will be slightly different.
Read more…. Reasonable Adjustments Returned My Joy in Pregnancy
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I recently gave birth to my second son. During my maternity care I came to realise that a particular set of needs had been invisible to me and were even more invisible to the people supporting me. Read more…. A Surprising Invisibility