The many faces of autism.

The Life of Reilly

I wanted to make a little homage to Reilly.

I’m a little bit in love with this and i’m so proud of him.

Autism looks like anyone and everyone.

Be kind regardless.

ps. You might need a hankie xx

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Christine Stephenson

Really busy mam who runs her own charity, has 3 sons and learning about autism every day. Contact me at

5 thoughts on “The many faces of autism.”

  1. Christine and Shane,
    Read today about the lack of party invites and just wanted to let you know, you are far from alone in that. I have two sons on the spectrum and we are now well insulated from feeling that hurt since it has happened so often. We are 12 years into this journey and I will tell you, it does get a little easier but it still hurts. Like you, our sons are our treasure and while raising them has been hard, the blessing do flow – celebrate them when they happen. As your writing so clearly expresses, we have to live in the moment and when you have a real turd of a day, my wife and I often turn and tell each other: “Just living the dream baby, living the dream…”

    We’ll keep you and your kids in our thoughts and prayers and wish on you the strength to keep fighting for Riley – he is so worth it! Let the haters stew in their ignorance, celebrate every small victory, and keep writing this blog – its the way we will sweep away all the ignorance.

    Bless you all,

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  2. Loved your message to your “friends”. As you clearly know, your child is perfect and will know that because of you and the world you create for them. Thank you for reminding me of the same.

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  3. I have a 36 year old brother , Simon, who is non verbal, severely autistic. We went through a lot of similar experiences to your family plus back then in the 80s people knew nothing about autism which made life really hard. I’ve just watched your I review on this morning and would love to speak to you or email as our situation now is that mam and dad both died and despite this Simon is doing really well. I know this is one of your concerns so I’d be happy to discuss this with you. Now Simon is very calm and mature. We are proud of him. I’m now his legal guardian and he happily lives in a good care home in Sunderland. If you want to talk please reply to this and we can . Love to you all and best wishes, Celia from Tynemouth.

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