Parents of children on the Autism Spectrum

Amanda - Interview 29

Age at interview: 38

Brief outline: Amanda's two children have both been diagnosed with autism. They attend a special school for children with moderate learning difficulties which they both enjoy.

Background: Amanda, a part time yoga instructor, and her husband have two children; Louis aged 5 and Georgia, aged 3. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.

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Amanda, a part time yoga instructor, and her husband, a catering manager, have two children; Louis aged five and Georgia aged three.  Louis reached the typical developmental milestones on time but when he was 2½ he stopped speaking.  He was referred to the child development centre where autism was diagnosed when he was 3 years old.  When Georgia got to two years old, her parents became aware that she hadn’t spoken yet and so she was also referred to the child development centre, where autism was diagnosed . 

Louis and Georgia are very different.  Louis is a very sociable, outgoing, loving little boy who loves having people round.  He enjoys watching DVD’s and will copy phrases from them repeatedly.  Georgia is a very independent little girl who loves being outside and playing with animals.  She doesn’t speak yet but can communicate what she wants quite effectively.  Both children are at a local special school where they are getting on well. 

Amanda was upset when she found out about the autism but feels that you just have to get on with it.  She finds her children fascinating and feels that her appreciation of their achievements is wonderful.  Amanda has found becoming involved in a support group a tremendous source of support, particularly because her family can do activities with other families in environments where they do not stand out.  She worries about what the future holds for her children but has a very supportive family.

We also spoke to Amanda’s mum, Janet, about her experiences of her grandchildren (see Janet’s story).



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