Autism Awareness Blog Hop and Giveaway

This is my post for RJ Scott’s annual Autism Awareness Blog Hop. The theme for this year’s blog hop is Animals.


I’m going to start with a couple of facts about autism:

Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike)

There are various comorbid conditions that often occur with ASD (autistic spectrum disorder). One of these is anxiety.

I have one child who has autism, and another who has ADHD — but who also shows some overlap with autistic traits (which isn’t unusual).

Both my children also have issues with anxiety, and I’ve always been very aware of how much our pets help them when they’re struggling.

We’re a cat household. When my kids were small we had an amazing, affectionate, cuddly ginger cat called George. George was my daughter’s security blanket when she didn’t want to go to bed on her own at night. Sometimes he was even her pillow. He was endlessly tolerant and they adored each other. His loss was a huge blow.


After George, we acquired two new-to-us cats — one from a rescue centre and one we adopted from my sister when she moved abroad. These cats (Mr Pickles and Khan) are now a great source of comfort and company for my teenagers. Both my kids have a very special relationship with the cats, and they both say how calming it is to sit with a purring cat on your lap.

It’s hard to stay anxious when you have a cat who needs stroking 🙂


I’m giving away an ebook copy of Practice Makes Perfect. One of the main characters, Dev, doesn’t officially have ASD, but in my mind he had a lot of the traits when I was writing, and several readers who recognised that contacted me to ask if he had autism. So it seemed like an appropriate giveaway for this post.

To enter, just leave a comment below!

PracticeMakesPerfectGetting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea—until the lines blur.

Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he’s determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he’s starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.

Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He’s young, free and single, and isn’t looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for maths tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.

They work their way through Dev’s sex-to-do list, but what starts as a perfect no-strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If they’re going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each other—before they get to the end of Dev’s list.

NB: Although this book is part of a series, it is a complete story with different main characters and can be read as a standalone.


About Jay Northcote

Author of LGBT romance. Trans (he/him), Parent, cat herder, professional procrastinator.
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15 Responses to Autism Awareness Blog Hop and Giveaway

  1. Tanja says:

    Thank you for participating in RJ’s Autism Awareness Blog Hop. I love the picture of your daughter with George. It is great that your children get so much comfort from the animals. My son, who has also autism, didn”t though. He was afraid of all animals, small and large. As you said no two people with autism are alike.

  2. jenf27 says:

    Thanks for the post and the sweet pic. We have an orange and white cat and my son is his most gentle when spending time with the 🐱 cat.

  3. nameher says:

    16 year old grandson who lives with me and I worry about his adult life so much.

  4. Kaity says:

    Thank you for sharing. My son has PDD-NOS and ADHD so Autism awareness is very dear to my heart. We have a German Shepherd named Saber and they’re so good for each other💚.

  5. thanks for being a part of the blog hop. my brother has always been highly allergic to cats so we have always had dogs. when he was alive my dad had aspergers and our last dog was his best friend and he did find comfort in having her around

  6. Ileana Rivera says:

    My daughter is special needs and she falls under the spectrum and it’s hard on all of us. She has a lot of triggers and one of things that helps her most is making her laugh. There are other things that help her as well but more often then not they’re are things that are habit forming and although not bad, can ultimately trigger her later. But laughter seems to be the only thing that truly keeps her calm and happy. Pretty hard to makes jokes in a bad environment but me and my family try our hardest. She’s still young and I’m young so it’s a pretty hot mess but we’re making it work. Hopefully with times things become easier for all of us.

    Thanks for sharing something personal and for this chance! Sounds like a great book.

  7. This looks like a great book!! My best friends and I are HUGE animal people. When we moved here to Ohio, I had 6 cats and 3 dogs. I now have only 2 cats and can’t imagine my live without them. I think most animals are good for us, no matter what problems we have, they are a sweet balm to the soul.

  8. Lyndsay says:

    I have a son with autism and Down syndrome. He never paid any attention to our dogs until the last one. She makes him giggle which is my ultimate favorite sound from him as he’s non-verbal.

  9. ouremuk66 says:

    I love the photo! I can empathise so much with the anxiety side of autism; 3 of my children are diagnosed and the anxiety has been far and away the worst part of their lives to date.

    One of them is terrified of most animals (luckily not horses though) and we are in the process of trying to find a suitable dog that would be a calming influence on them all, especially the frightened one as we think it will be fine if the pet belongs to us.

    Not entering the giveaway as I already own all your books Jay 🙂

  10. Trix says:

    I love the premise of this book! (And I do kinda miss having a cat around…)

  11. suze294 says:

    Love the pic of George and your Daughter, great that he was such a comfort – and tolerant if he was a pilloow!

  12. Amy Cobasky says:

    Animals can be such a comfort. We have two cats and one dog & I swear they know when one of is not feeling well or just needs some comfort!

  13. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    It is so wonderful when pets can make a child happy we’ve had many cats of the years and each one has had it’s own personality, we have Jenny now she is a total diva and such a cute face when she’s been naughty.

  14. H.B. says:

    Thank you for sharing and for the picture. We use to have a cat, I kind of miss her. My sister is special needs and I worry about her all the time especially about what will happen if we go before her. She’s happy but she still has her moments.

  15. susana says:

    Thank you for the picture. My kitty is also a sweet orange tabby, her name is Lula.Though she is very shy with adults, she is great with kids. I think animals understand people better than what we think

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