Abstract: Parent narratives have contributed to ethnographic accounts of the lives of children with autism, but there are fewer examples of parents producing their own autoethnographies. This article explores the affordances of an online blog for enabling a parent of a child with autism to produce a written record of practice which may be considered ‘autoethnographic’. Richardson’s framework for ethnography as Creative Analytic Process (CAP) is applied to extracts from a blog post in order to consider its contribution, reflexivity, aesthetic merit and impact. The article addresses the methodological and ethical implications of reconceptualizing parents as researchers and the potential contribution of new writing platforms to the development of auto/ethnography.
In this article I explore the ways in which my work as a poet has supported the development of my care-giving skills in terms of parenting a child with autism. I reflect on my use of ‘writerly’ practices in order to build an understanding of my son and suggest ways in which parents and professionals could draw on creative writing in order to support their personal and professional development.
This is an interview I did for Network Autism, reflecting on my experience of supporting Dylan through transition from school to adult services.
This is an article reflecting on some of the stereotypes around autism and empathy.