Hi my name is Michelle and I am the author of the blog Cockney in the Countryside.
A lot of my blog posts focus on Autism and are to help raise Autism Awareness. My middle son was diagnosed autistic aged 3. As a primary school teacher I did recognise some of the signs before his diagnosis but having that teaching expertise didn't by any means make it any less overwhelming as the time went by.
We are on a journey as a whole family, my other children, my husband and our extended family and I have learnt together and are still learning each and every day with regards to our sons autism.
My son is a happy, funny 6 year old with many friends and an infectious smile. His progression has been astounding and he never fails to make me proud every single day. The way in which his siblings have adapted and understand his autism is unbelievable.
In April I will run 26.2 miles for The National Autistic Society in the London Marathon.
I have chosen this charity as I find their work commendable. The support they offer not only for those with autism but also the family, schools and wider community I feel is amazing. The National Autistic Society offer to support to individuals and professionals and are working towards a better understanding and awareness of autism throughout.
My marathon Diaries and more information on our journey with autism can be found at www.cockneyinthecountryside.com.