Art Therapy is more than creating art

  Every Monday after Isla’s Art Therapy session she rushes out of class to show me what she has created. It may be a kite with some string, a card to her teacher or a painted rock. They are treasured pieces take place on her top shelf in her wardrobe but then are quickly forgotten…

Looking for the Beauty – by Isla’s Dad

Isla’s dad Gareth shared with me how he was feeling after a visit to the playground yesterday. I told him to write it down. He did a good job.   I’m not very good with feelings, especially identifying my own. Today when I took Isla out to Mission Bay I was able to identify some…

Period Preparation

Written for Firefly Friends I had been dreading Isla getting her period. I was worried how she would cope with it all. How would she manage the sensory issues of wearing a pad, the sight of blood, having the motor skills to use sanitary items, the pain and the discreetness needed? Then at the age…

Love, Laughter & everything in between

Written for Firefly Friends At the age of 11 we have settled into our life with Isla and autism and all that it brings. Our days are full of love, laughter, compromise, cuddles mixed with a little frustration. Love. Isla has so much love to give. She loves the people close to her with all…


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Hi my name is Sara Stythe and I am a mum of 3 beautiful girls.

This is a place to share knowledge, resources and information I have learnt along the way on this unexpected journey with our unique youngest daughter. Isla is missing a tiny bit of her 2nd chromosome (2q23.1 Microdeletion Syndrome, recently known as MAND) causing autism, epilepsy and intellectual disability.

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