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Giving a voice to people with autism and neuro-difference through training, consultancy and support

TRAINING

We offer a range of training and workshops aimed at increasing awareness of Autism, PDA, ADHD and other neuro diverse conditions. Join us and see the world through a different window.

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CONSULTANCY

We can provide one-to-one advice to Professionals, such as school staff, social workers and H.R. managers. We can also provide Parenting Assessments with full written reports.

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SUPPORT

We can provide one to one support to families, children, young people and individuals. This includes a post diagnostic support programme and one to one parenting sessions.

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Path of most resistance

I was reflecting recently on how much my adult children with autism have achieved. When they were younger I worried about their futures. I needn’t have, they are amazing young adults who have achieved so much. This made me think about how lives are like rivers, weaving their own unique landscapes.

Mother knows best

The old saying ‘Mother knows best’ refers to the maternal instinct and wisdom we develop through parenting our offspring, through our relationships and through our own experience. It is often the wisest course to take note of our mum’s advice as they are usually right! But somehow his does not seem to happen when trying…

Autistic People Like Me

I thought as it is Autism Awareness Month, I would share with you a poem written by one of my autistic daughters. All my children exhibit high anxiety (as is common in autism), but I think this poem highlights the level to which their anxiety impacts them on a daily basis. Autistic people like me…

Autism in the Family

I have mentioned in a previous blog the amount of stress parents face when parenting a child with Autism, but it is not just the parents who can suffer stress. Siblings also can feel the effects of having a brother or sister with Autism. Siblings can feel a whole range of emotions. They may go…

So what’s with the Platypus?

Platypus is a specialist training and consultancy organisation based in Bristol, our training provides a unique blend of research based knowledge and more importantly, lived experience. Whilst I have a MA in Autism and am a qualified Trainer writing and delivering courses for over 12 years, it has been my children that have taught me…

Parental Stress & Autism

Parenting Children with Autism is Stressful! Research has confirmed what we already know about parenting a child with Autism. It is stressful. In fact the research suggests that parenting a child with Autism is more stressful than parenting children with other disabilities such as Downs Syndrome. Cashin (2004) describes Autism as a vortex that consumes…

The Wrong T-Shirt

Now this may not seem like a big deal. Surely, it’s not that serious? Well, maybe some days it wouldn’t be. But some days it is. As I collected my daughter’s clothes for school that morning from the utility room I noticed that her blue T-Shirt wasn’t there. My heart sank. Tuesdays was a blue…