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  • Naomi
    Naomi Member Posts: 29 Listener
    Another swimming story! After thirteen years of encouraging our son Jack to get in the water and then, after many years, to let go of the side of the pool, he is finally swimming independently. He has a style of swimming which is all his own, sometimes doggie paddle, sometimes breast stroke, often neither leg kicking very much at all, but he stays afloat. Best of all he loves it, and the water gives him alot of physical freedom. We are very proud of him.
  • JimJams
    JimJams Member Posts: 174 Connected
    My boy is now swimming alos on his own and under water, however he does swim like a dolphin, hands at his side and kicking , a bit like a diver also, but he is swimming without any floats which is great. I also spoke to a brain injury specialist, (i know autism is not an injury), but she had said that improving his coordination i.e swimming has a link to improving other areas in the brain she said it is a small link but improved coordination opens up other channels in the brain. Just need to try and get him to stop bombing into the pool and soaking everyone.
  • JimJams
    JimJams Member Posts: 174 Connected
    Meant to say well done to jack, what a wonderful milestone in his life, keep on swimming whatever style you like, wish I could see the smile on his face
  • JimJams
    JimJams Member Posts: 174 Connected
    I have been trying to deal with my sons overeating for a long time and have tried hiding food, having only a limited amount of food in the fridge/cupboards and have charts and symbols and all sorts going on, my son one night so desperate to eat right in front of my eyes took eggs , cheese, milk, grater out and made himself scrambled egg,microwaved it and everything. I kept telling him eating was finished and he just said, i will make it and off he went. He is only 6 and can make himself a dish, it just shows you where there is a will there is a way.
  • Alistair
    Alistair Member Posts: 102 Listener
    That's a good story! I love to see children getting independant. My 13 year old daughter can make toast and is so proud of herself.
    However my 'happy story' is this:
    She hates shopping and really, really hates shoe shops but I needed to get her new shoes. I'd prepared her for this but it took an hour to get her in the car. On the way she said 'I don't want a man to measure my feet, I hate men'. When we got in the shop it was busy and I could not see a single woman in the childrens section. I found the manager and explained the situation. He found a woman (It was Clarkes, so you should expect good customer service!) and we left with a pair of trainers reduced from £30 to £9, Result!
  • lorraineT
    lorraineT Member Posts: 3
    My daghter is 15 and has autism. She spent two years in nursery then went into rece
    ption class a year behind her peers. Due to her severe difficulties at the time and lack of progress Amy got a place in a speech and language arc with a full time speech therapist. When Amy was 8 years old we were told that Amy would never achieve in school get GCSE etc but we believed that Amy could achieve and her understand was better than professionals were saying. Amy made some progress and went into secondary mainstream which at the beginning was a challenge but staff in school were very supportive and we managed after a bit of a battle to get education transport for our daughter to mainstream. Amy has statement of special educational needs. Now Amy took exams last year and passed all her GCSES that she was put in for. Amy is taking exams again this year with BTECS and is predicted at getting at least 8 GCSE marks. Maths is not good and is only entry level 1 and dycalculia is suspected. From our daughter going from a child with no speech and language to being able to do a level 3 course in 6th form is fabulous and we are so proud of her achievements. I guess my message is never give up hope. My daughter is moderate/severe autism and does have a lot difficulties but by building on her strenghts we have helped her gain more confidence and self esteem to help her believe she can achieve x
  • lozangel38
    lozangel38 Member Posts: 2
    This is a happiness story.. I was diagnosed with dyspraxia at the age of 12, at secondary school I was told by teachers and pupils that I was thick and a failure and that I wont be able to do anything in my life apart from go on the doul.

    4 years on from that I got 9 GCSES ok yea they weren't a* but one was a C and the rest d so all qualified and also did gnvq advanced in business studies.
    8 years on I'm still proving people wrong.. I went to college and did child CARE AND passes and qualified teaching assistant. I work in special needs school  in a been a  support worker and councillor and got sign language to level 2; 
    I have nearly done to my English.

    Just wanted my story to let everyone with dyspraxia or any other disabilities that you can do if you really try and you can achieve anything. I love my life now and love proving people wrong x
  • Natasha Brown
    Natasha Brown Member Posts: 108 Courageous
    my autistic SLD son completed the london mile for sport relief last week! we were me, two daughters, son and his carer - in case he couldnt cope with crowds or waiting but he did fab and was fantastic! then we went to trafalgar square and he independently climbed on lions (usually needs encouragement) :) and we reached our target too :))))
    I've put the photo up on our page.
  • Naomi
    Naomi Member Posts: 29 Listener
    We all have our own particular worries about our children and mine has always been teeth. My son is fourteen years old, non verbal, and with epilepsy and behavioural problems. There is no way he would ever tolerate dental work, even persuading him to sit on the dentists chair can be a struggle. But after months of patience, including three weeks just showing my son a dental floss pick, and another two weeks of persuading him not to bite my fingers when I put them near his mouth, my son is letting me floss between each tooth. In fact when we went last week for a check up with the hospital dentist she was amazed to see me floss his teeth. She said she had never seen such clean teeth on any child let alone a special needs child!