"Playdates always ended in meltdown" (or how attending a PowerWood Workshop helped)
Interview by Lucinda Leo* (Childrenâ€™s names have been changed)
Tell us about how OEs have affected your family
All three of my children (now 10, 8 and 6) have OEs to varying degrees.
Naturally, our steepest learning curve was with our firstborn. Right from the start I noticed that Laura was very sensitive and didn't like changes in her routine. When she was about five we moved to a new area. Because we home-educate I felt pressure to integrate into the local community, but playdates were a nightmare.
Laura has such a powerful imagination, her toys are alive to her - they even have a particular way of speaking and behaving. Laura found it really difficult to share them when other children visited. Visits to other people's house were no easier. Laura struggled to cope with a strange new environment and the other mother (even if the mum was very kind). Read on for the rest of the interview