Beauty has learnt a new word, KEYBOARD and she uses it with meaning, she uses it to signify that she wants to use the computer. I was talking to a mother of a normally developing child the other day and she was telling me how good her 6 year old child was on the computer and she was telling me all the things that her child could do. I was thrilled to realise that Beauty could do everything that this child could do and more. I am so glad that Beauty has so much that she is capable of doing because I know other children with autism who have nothing, a friends child does not play with toys, watch TV or videos or play with the computer. It must be very difficult when the child is that locked in.
A report from the Children's Society warns that parents' fears about safety are stopping children from playing outdoors unsupervised.
"You're not riding that bike outside."
And it shows how today's parents are not giving their children the freedom to roam that they enjoyed in their own childhoods in the 1970s.
Why are we such paranoid parents? Why do I worry at the idea of my uber-competent 10-year-old daughter walking on her own to school - when I was making my own way to school at a younger age?
Maybe it's because we live in a society that is drip-fed insecurity.
From the first car alarm of the morning, to the last police siren at night, we know much too much about the threats around us.
If Beauty wasn't autistic would I let her play out in the streets the same way I see other local children playing from the age of 3 or 4?
Let me see ..............Holly and Jessica, Sarah Payne and Madeleine McCann.