We took this photo this morning at one of the local parks, J insisted there was a turtle………. I think if I look really closely I can see it :)
Archive for January 6th, 2011
Posted in Arts and Crafts, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, children, food, fun, life, parenting, smile, special needs, special occasions, tagged arts and crafts, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, children, Family, food, Fun, life, parenting, play, smile, special needs, special occasions on January 6, 2011 | 6 Comments »
It’s been a couple of weeks since J’s therapists from Disability Qld came to our house for their weekly session. Amongst other things they’ve been doing lots of work with him trying to help him to develop a better relationship with food and in around a week’s time J, (and myself), will be attending a food therapy workshop with them. Whilst we were out this morning J spotted some of the “tools” (playdough toys) that they use and got very excited, (bouncing up and down and flapping his arms). He asked if we could get them so “I can do therapy with you Mum!” We bought 2 sets.
As soon as we got home he got changed into “messy” clothes and I prepared some food for him to play with. He had great fun!
To be honest when they first started doing the food “therapy” with him I did wonder how playing with food would help. When I look at the pictures above I see just how far J has come in he last few months. A few months ago he would NEVER have gotten his hands that messy, he would NEVER have eaten the food that he was playing with, both of which are huge progress! Just look at how messy his hands are………………… and they stayed that messy for at least 1/2 an hour before he asked if he could have a bath! ……… Oh and he sat at the table the whole time he was playing!
HUGE PROGRESS! I’m so glad that I bought the “tools” and that I got to see today how well my baby is doing
Well Done J, Mummy’s very proud xxxxx
Posted in coping with change, family, feelings, friendships, letter, life, Me, moving house, parenting, time, travel, UK, tagged Family, Feelings, friendship, life, parenting on January 6, 2011 | 7 Comments »
Well it’s been around 9 months since we moved back to Australia and in that time very few family and friends have stayed in touch.
Of course we expected this to a certain degree but some have left us feeling a little disappointed in them. Some who we had thought would definitely stay in touch, haven’t made any contact with us at all and some have been just plain rude! 99% of our UK friends and family are either on Facebook or have email but few ever make contact.
We’ve tried to do what we can to make it easy for people to stay in touch. We have a home phone for cheaper international calls, we have mobiles so people can text, we have email and Facebook. We wrote to important people once we had settled to give them our address. Once our computer arrived I set up Skype so we could chat with others regularly without raking up huge bills, but we only ever seem to chat with 2 old friends on there…………………And ofcourse I blog!
So I have to ask is it something we’ve said or done? Did we mean so little to some that we have been forgotten already? With so many different ways of staying in touch the world isn’t such a huge place so why is it so many haven’t stayed in touch?
I guess moving to Australia has really shown us who the people are that really care, the people who really matter. To those of you who have stayed in touch, Thankyou, it means alot and we’re very grateful. To those of you that haven’t, (and yes I know you’re probably not going to read this), I know we all lead busy lives these days but surely you could have spared 10 minutes just to send a quick “Hi”.
To those of you that have family and friends living far away, whether it be overseas or a few hours drive away, do something good, put a smile on their faces. Go on pick up the phone, give them a call, text them, email, Skype, send a message on Facebook, whatever……………..maybe even write them a letter.
Spare 10 minutes for a relationship that could last a lifetime