Andi of Dadda & Daddy on Autism and Adoption  

Well here we are, my first article for AKO!

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for their kind words following the radio appearance on The Aston Avery show on Gateway978. This is where Anna announced that I would be joining the charity and the feedback has been very moving.

I am thrilled to be working alongside the charity and hope that I can bring some extra to the table.  Being a two dad family, a SEN family and an adopted family, there are many angles to us which means we have slightly different obstacles to face.  That said we tackle these head on and usually with a smile on our face!


If you don’t know me, I run the Dadda & Daddy page on Instagram and since becoming a parent I have been fortunate enough to be a part of so many different projects in the LGBT+, Adoption and SEN communities.


I thought I would share a bit about what we have been up to recently and some of the things we do to prepare Lucy for these changes.


Over Easter we went on a little holiday to North Yorkshire.  This part of the country is very special to us as it is where my husband Darren grew up.  It is also where I had many childhood holidays. It is lovely to be able to now share this with our children.


Many children with ASD struggle with being away from home, however Lucy actually does really well.  Yes, we have some ‘wobbles’ at moments like eating in different places and she sometimes finds it difficult to focus on instructions but being in a new place can bring an increased load of sensory input.


What we do to assist are;


At home, we have also had a huge amount of building work going on at home which has been rather unsettling for the children.   We have done lots of prep work with them about what would happen.  However, this has caused them to be a little unsettled.  We just have to remember that it is a moment in time and we will come out the other side.


In some other exciting news. I have recently been nominated in the National Diversity Awards.  I have been nominated in the following categories.


I am very humbled to have been nominated.  What means a lot is that the initial nominations came from families who I supported through the Adoption process and families who I was able to sign post for support for their children. It means so much that they took the time to nominate me.

If you would like to vote for me, or just to find our more about the awards, then please click the links below.

I am keen to do some workshops in the future about SEN Parenting and Adoption.
If you have any ideas on what you would like me to discuss in my future articles on the site or have an idea for a workshop, then please do drop me a message on Instagram or you can email me directly at



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