Monday 24 February 2020

BAPS Awards 2020... finalist!

Over the last ten years, I've shared a lot of our family's experiences and my thoughts on autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance here on this blog. I've always said quite honestly that I started the blog for selfish reasons, as a diary to help us and those around us understand the new world that we had been thrust into.

Somewhere along the way though, the blog turned into a tool for me to help other families too. Other families who hadn't yet had their lightbulb moment, or who had but who needed to help explain it to others. I've had lovely messages over the last few years and they really do mean an awful lot to me.

As did the nominations I received for the upcoming BAPS Awards. Founded by Bringing Us Together and My Family, Our Needs, the BAPS are awards given to Bloody Awesome Parents; those who blog about their children with additional needs but also others who do a grand job of caring and supporting even if they don't blog.

Last year I got to attend the awards for the first time, and even made it up on stage - but not for me. It was to collect an award for the amazing Miriam who writes the blog Faithmummy and I was honoured to read her speech that day, then later pose alongside these other amazing bloggers:
BAPS awards winners posing on stage
This year I've been shortlisted in the category titled 'Blog Post that made the biggest impact', with a post I wrote spontaneously on a bad day, showing my teary and blotchy face. I'm not sure it's my finest work, but I guess it was honest and full of truth about the times when it's the little things which can tip us SEND parents over the edge because of all the other daily challenges which we are constantly managing.

So thanks loads to those who nominated me - in May I now get to put on a posh frock and heels and enjoy an amazing evening out with some other wonderful parents and writers and supporters. Then I can hopefully show you all a big smiley face afterwards rather than the tear-stained one which was in my post... like all of these smiley faces at the ceremony last year!
collage of lots of bloggers smiling

Oh I suppose I should add the part about now being the time to vote for me via the link below - the others in my category are all so amazing though that I can rest easy because I won't have to prepare a speech!

(Oh and here's the post which made the final, for those who hadn't seen it - please do ignore the photo though...)

To find out more about our experiences, please check out our 'About Us' page. If you are looking for more information on Pathological Demand Avoidance, the posts below may help.

What is PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance)?

Ten things you need to know about Pathological Demand Avoidance

Does my child have Pathological Demand Avoidance?

The difference between PDA and ODD

Strategies for PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance)

Pathological Demand Avoidance: Strategies for Schools

Challenging Behaviour and PDA

Is Pathological Demand Avoidance real?

Autism with demand avoidance or Pathological Demand Avoidance?

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