Cradle Song

Sleep, sleep, beauty bright,
Dreaming in the joys of night;
Sleep, sleep; in thy sleep
Little sorrows sit and weep.

Sweet babe, in thy face
Soft desires I can trace,
Secret joys and secret smiles,
Little pretty infant wiles.

As thy softest limbs I feel,
Smiles as of the morning steal
O'er thy cheek, and o'er thy breast
Where thy little heart doth rest.

O the cunning wiles that creep
In thy little heart asleep!
When thy little heart doth wake,
Then the dreadful night shall break.

William Blake

Open Letter to Panorama

Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Please cut and paste this letter to Panorama (

To whom it may concern,

I keep seeing reports in the press (either on television or in newspapers) about Autism.  Most of them are either tiny little windows into a handful of families' experiences, or are unsubstantiated articles on possible factors that may cause Autism. (Please see:

I would really like to see a report on why it takes so long for children affected by ASD to get the help that they need? 

It is a well known fact that Early Intervention is crucial to an Autistic child's development.  Early Intervention is defined as being before the child turns three.  The way the system is set up here is that doctors are reluctant to begin diagnosing a child under the age of two or three. 

Even if I was convinced that at one year old, my child was showing signs of autism, and I referred that child to a doctor to be evaluated, it would still take 18 months for the diagnosis to come through.  That takes us up to 2.5 years old.  After that, it would take a further 6.5 months for the Statement of Special Educational needs to come through (assuming the parents and LEA agree on the first draft of the Statement, which is rarely the case). 

The best case scenario (an impossible one for reasons I have already stated), is that the earliest a child can get the help they need is at 3.5 years old. 

Early Intervention is always missed in the UK, unless the parents go private.

It would be really wonderful to see this issue addressed.

Yours sincerely,


Þorgerður Says:
22 February 2012 at 21:34

the same over here...late late late...I should cut and paste this letter for RUV...

Marsupial Mama Says:
22 February 2012 at 22:20

Please do. This is one case where I'm happy for people just to cut and paste and use anyway they wish. If they want to write to Panorama, great, if they find it useful in other ways, perfect! Hopefully we can raise Autism awareness and better conditions all round!!

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The Clod and the Pebble

"Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a heaven in hell's despair."

So sung a little Clod of Clay,
Trodden with the cattle's feet,
But a Pebble of the brook
Warbled out these metres meet:

"Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a hell in heaven's despite."

William Blake
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