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January’s Film Club Screening is Mary Poppins Returns!     We’ll be holding our monthly Autism Friendly Film Club at 11am on Sunday 6th January at Cineworld in Crawley and the film is going to be Mary Poppins Returns. You can watch a trailer for the film here: FILM TRAILER   Where do I find

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Announcing our Volunteers of the Year 2018     This year we’ve taken the unusual step of awarding the title of Volunteer of the Year to not one, but two of our longest-serving supporters. Bex Hemington and Mika Nightingale are an amazing team and have worked tirelessly with us right from the start of our

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It’s been a year now since I published my first book ‘Autism, Asperger’s, Anarchy: The Ringmaster’s Tale’ and to celebrate, both the paperback and Kindle versions are available until Christmas at a reduced price. Until Christmas you can buy a paperback copy for just £8.99 here: PAPERBACK VERSION On Kindle it’s only £2.99: KINDLE VERSION

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MEET OUR AMAZING SPIDER-MAN AND HIS FRIENDS!     We’ll be marking the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with the help of our own amazing Spider-Man and his friends including Mary-Jane and Spider-Gwen at Cineworld in Crawley on Saturday 15th November. Come and join us from 10am ’til 4pm for selfies in exchange for a

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The latest in my ‘spotlight’ series focuses on fourteen year old Ollie Venning, better known as street dancer Ollie V. The struggles he’s faced will be all too familiar to autistic people, their friends and families, but with love, patience and no small amount of bravery on his part, he’s transformed himself into a genuine

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MEET OUR MAGICAL CHARACTERS AT THE BELFRY THIS DECEMBER!   Our lovely Snow Princesses will be waiting to pose for selfies with you at the Belfry, Redhill on Saturday 1st December along with the wonderful fairy Godmother.   They’ll be just outside the free Santa’s Grotto on the first floor (in the old Pep &

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‘Tis the season for sparkly decorations and festive music in shops; for school nativity plays, visits to relatives and the excitement of opening presents on Christmas morning. While for most children these things bring a sense of anticipation, magic and wonder, for children on the spectrum they can just as easily trigger confusion, sensory overload

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JOIN US FOR A MAGICAL CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER!     We’ll be marking the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald with the help of our very own witches and wizards at Cineworld in Crawley on Saturday 17th November. Come and join us from 11am for selfies in exchange for a

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***SPOILER FREE*** When Netflix announced their new series, Atypical, about an everyday family living with an eighteen year old son on the autism spectrum, I was intrigued to see how they’d handle the subject. Having watched the trailer though, I wasn’t sure whether they were laughing at autism or about it, and after reading some

JOIN US FOR OUR AMAZING DOCTOR WHO DAY!   If you’re a Doctor Who fan, we’ve got something really special for you to enjoy at the Belfry Shopping Centre, Redhill on Saturday 20th October. We’ll have a whole assortment of Doctors – from the First to our incredible Thirteenth – all waiting to pose for

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Regardless of their age or ability, it’s my belief that ‘Home’ should be every child’s soft place to fall in the world: somewhere they can lower their barriers, remove their masks and know for certain they’ll be accepted exactly as they are. If your child is on the autism spectrum, this is doubly important. It

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I was recently introduced to the incredible work of a young autistic man called Chris Baker – a self-taught artist from Cardiff, South Wales. I found his art so inspiring that I decided to find out more, and discovered the story of an ordinary family whose love, acceptance and determination to turn challenges into opportunities

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When you have a child, there’s something nobody tells you: suddenly your first priority becomes another person’s needs instead of your own, and this can take a lot of getting used to. Then comes the twist: as soon as you’ve adjusted to them being totally dependent on you, you have to start the impossibly difficult

MEET OUR INCREDIBLE SUPERHEROES AT CINEWORLD, CRAWLEY     We’ll be celebrating the release of Incredibles 2 with the help of our very own superheroes at Cineworld in Crawley on Saturday 14th July. Come and join us from 10am for selfies in exchange for a small donation in our buckets. We’ll also have our stall

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One of the most common myths about autistic people is that they don’t feel empathy towards others, and today’s post is designed to help people understand where this mistaken belief comes from. So, what is empathy? Put simply, empathy is the ability to understand what another person is thinking or feeling; but in reality, empathy

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JOIN US FOR OUR FATHER’S DAY HEROES EVENT!     You can meet some of our fantastic characters on Saturday 16th June at the Belfry Shopping Centre, Redhill, where we’ll be celebrating Father’s Day in our own unique way. We’ll be there from 10am – 4pm, ready to pose for selfies with you in exchange

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I recently watched Please Stand By, which is the story of one autistic woman’s journey towards independence and follows her on an adventure with the sort of highs and lows we can all relate to. Here are my thoughts on the film… Played by the brilliant Dakota Fanning, our heroine Wendy is a bright, determined

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Cineworld Event     Team All Stars will be celebrating the release of  Solo: A Star Wars Story in our own unique way at the Cineworld, Crawley on Sunday 27th May. Our characters will be in the foyer waiting to pose for selfies with you, from 11am til 6pm, in exchange

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Today I’m sharing another extract from my book – The Ringmaster’s Tale – discussing just how useful special interests can be when you’re parenting an autistic child (or adult). It’s perfectly understandable that at times you’ll feel like your child is unreachable, and the struggle to teach them new life skills can be disheartening to

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Lots of people worry about saying the wrong thing to parents when they have autistic children and often end up putting their foot in it when they’re trying really hard to be supportive. With that in mind, here’s my guide to some of the things not to say, and why these supposedly helpful statements and

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Here we are in April, and as all autism advocates know, that makes it Autism Awareness Month. You’ll hear more about the condition on the news, see more shops offering ‘quiet hours’ for autistic customers and generally get a sense that the public are being given more information than usual about what it means to

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  Let me point out right away that laughing about something (autism included) is definitely not the same as laughing at it. Laughing at someone because they’re different and may be struggling with things other people find straightforward is cruel, unnecessary and, in my opinion, downright repulsive. We’ve all met bullies in our time who

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To celebrate International Women’s Day I’m sharing an extract from my book The Ringmaster’s Tale which has a whole chapter full of advice and resources for girls on the autism spectrum…   Similarities and differences The interesting thing about girls on the spectrum is how they can appear similar to, yet distinctly different from, both

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I know it might seem an unlikely comparison, but when it comes to being restricted by the label society has given you, there’s more common ground here than you might think. Here’s an extract from my book The Ringmaster’s Tale discussing things in more detail: Does a label really limit what someone can do? The

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Whether their children have autism or not, ever since humanity began, parents have swapped stories about their offspring. Each conversation would have its purpose, whether that was to raise the spirits or look for guidance, but make no mistake:  the need to speak to others about our offspring is woven deep within our collective consciousness,

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Today I’m sharing something from my book, The Ringmaster’s Tale, which is full of funny, sad, poignant and thought-provoking stories as well as lots of great advice about finding the positives when you’re living with autism. This is a light-hearted look at some of the social situations autistic people can struggle with. I’m sure lots

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One of the main criteria for receiving an autism diagnosis is having ‘problems with verbal and non-verbal communication’. These problems (or complications as I prefer to call them) can take various forms, but without question one of the most widely recognised is the way autistic people seem to take everything literally. So, why does this

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It’s fair to say that we live in a world where the path to success is constantly changing. When I was a child in the 1970’s, success meant getting good grades at school, and as a young woman it meant getting a ‘proper’ job working in an office. These were seen as the quickest, most

Announcing our Volunteer of the Year 2017     We’re incredibly fortunate at All Stars to have such a wonderful group of volunteers who help us spread autism awareness in such positive and unique ways. Martin Comber is one of our most dedicated long-term supporters and we’re showing our gratitude today by making him 2017’s

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In 1990, when computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, I was expecting my first child, and the mysteries of computers and the internet were completely beyond me. I didn’t realise it then, but this lack of technological ability would prove to be a real blessing not only to me but also to

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If there’s one sound that’s guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of autistic people across the land (and their parents too, of course) it’s someone uttering the word ‘shoelaces’. Now, I’m quite certain that somewhere on the planet there’s an autistic child who’s never struggled to tie their shoes, but I can honestly say

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What if I told you that one of my three sons was diagnosed as the most profoundly autistic child several specialists had ever seen; that he had no spoken language ’til he was almost five and regularly mutilated himself, smeared poo round the house and physically attacked me every day for many years: bruising, scratching

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  Why does my daughter throw a massive tantrum when I brush her hair or put her socks on? Why is she incapable of hearing bad news without working herself up into a frenzy? Why does she have a hissy fit whenever there’s a change of plan? And why, oh why, can she behave perfectly

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If you’ve been living with autism for any length of time, you’re going to be very well aware of the term ‘food aversion’ and have plenty of experience of exactly what it means. If you’re new to the condition however then brace yourself, because we’re not talking ‘picky eater’ here, we’re talking full on refusal

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Since, at 51, I’m officially an ‘Over 50’ – and really should be finalising my funeral arrangements by now according to the adverts suddenly appearing on my TV and Facebook feed – you won’t be surprised to hear that many terms used today are completely new to me. ‘Cultural appropriation’ is definitely one of them.

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So today I’m starting a whole new chapter of my life (excuse the pun) by becoming a blogger. It’s something I’ve toyed with for years but somehow have never found the time to pursue, but today all that’s changing and I’m taking the first of many small steps on what I’m sure will be a

Celebrate the Release of The Last Jedi with us at Cineworld, Crawley!     Team All Stars will be celebrating the release of  Star Wars: The Last Jedi in our own unique way at the Cineworld, Crawley on Sunday 17th December. Our characters will be in the foyer waiting to pose for selfies with you against

Join our Characters at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill!     Team All Stars will be celebrating the release of  Star Wars: The Last Jedi in our own unique way at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill on Saturday 16th December. Our characters will be in the foyer waiting to pose for selfies with you against a backdrop in

Win Tickets to the Relaxed Pantomime Performance of Peter Pan at the Harlequin Theatre!   I’m delighted to say that our friends at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill have given us TWENTY FREE TICKETS to the relaxed performance of their pantomime this year. The show starts at 2 pm on Wednesday 13th December and we have

Meet our Beautiful Princesses at the Belfry this December!   *Characters may vary from those shown on the promotional image* We’ll have an assortment of the most beautiful princesses waiting to pose for selfies with you at the Belfry, Redhill on Saturday 2nd December. For a small donation in our buckets you can make some

Meet Our Halloween Heroes at the Belfry, Redhill!     We’ll have a whole assortment of fantastic characters waiting to pose for selfies with you at the Belfry, Redhill on Sunday 29th October to celebrate Halloween. For a small donation in our buckets you can make some truly unforgettable memories with everyone from our spooky

Harlequin Theatre Character Day!     Do come and join us for a colourful family day of fundraising at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill on Saturday 23rd September. Our characters will be waiting to pose with you for selfies in exchange for donations in our buckets. We’ll have all sorts there, from Spider-Man to Kung Fu

Our Chairman’s Graduation Day!   Our very proud family   An enormously proud day for both my family and our All Stars family too as my son Dominic (and the charity’s Chairman) graduated from Cardiff University with an Honours Degree in Law and Politics. Enjoying his graduation lunch   At fourteen, Dominic’s life was turned

HARLEQUIN THEATRE FUN DAY     Our fantastic characters will be visiting the Harlequin Theatre and Cinema in Redhill this Saturday ready to pose for photos in exchange for donations in our buckets. We’ll have Pikachu, Spider-Man, Harley Quinn and lots more and all funds raised will go towards running our autism-friendly film club.  

Our St. George’s Day Celebration!     Come and meet St. George and his medieval friends at the Belfry, Redhill on Saturday 22nd April. There’ll be knights, beautiful maidens and more from 10am – 4pm and our hero will be giving away free flags and hats to celebrate his national day. You can also meet

Icons for Autism Day 2017   *Characters will vary from those shown on the promotional poster* We’ll have a whole assortment of fantastic characters waiting to pose for selfies with you at the Belfry, Redhill on Saturday 8th April to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. For a small donation in our buckets you can make some

Be Our Guest for Mother’s Day   Be our guest at the Belfry Shopping Centre, Redhill on Saturday 25th March for a day filled with magical fun! Give your mum an early Mother’s Day treat and meet our beautiful Rose Princess, her handsome prince and their fairy-tale friends who are all waiting to pose for

Harlequin Film Club Launch Day     I’m delighted to announce that on 21st January we’ll be launching a brand new autism-friendly cinema club at the Harlequin Theatre & Cinema in Redhill. Our brilliant characters will be there between 9am and 12 noon along with lots of information about what we do and stalls selling

  CALLING ALL STAR WARS FANS!     Team All Stars will be celebrating the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in our own unique way at Cineworld in Crawley on Saturday 17th December. Our characters will be in the foyer waiting to pose for selfies with you against our fantastic backdrop in exchange

GHOSTBUSTERS GET TOGETHER     ***THIS IS A FREE EVENT SO NO TICKETS ARE REQUIRED***   We’ll be joined by the official U.K. GHOSTBUSTERS in the BELFRY SHOPPING CENTRE in Redhill Town Centre, Surrey on Saturday 22nd October, at our great autism-friendly Ghostbusters Get-together! Our 16 foot tall Mr Stay Puft will be there, plus