A real jigsaw
She's always enjoyed pull out jigsaws, but not the part that involves putting the pieces back. So I never thought to try her with a real jigsaw. But her July Provision Tutor did.
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A real sandwich
What do you do when you have a child who only eats soft food, but you're out, you're in a hurry and you can't see anywhere that serves mash potato? Go to Marks & Spencer and order a sandwich selection of course! I had no idea how it would go, but I knew she was hungry (we all were) and she took a bite without any hesitation. Then she made a face. Uh oh. I was expecting food refusal on the next mouthful, but no! She ate half the sandwich, crust as well, and totally deserved the blueberry muffin I was able to get for her an hour later...
Once upon a time I just used the baby changing facilities like everyone else. But Smiley is now a young woman. And public toilets, not even disabled toilets, are designed with her needs in mind.
1. They are often so small that a full size wheelchair or buggy can barely fit through the door, let alone moved around inside.
2. There is usually nowhere to change an adult or large child except the floor. Which is often dirty and wet.
3. There is no hoist to lift the disabled person back into their chair or buggy.
4. There is no thought given at all to those like my daughter who use the toilet, but are so floppy that they need a lot of help to get on and off.
In recent years I have mostly avoided public toilets by not being away from a home base for more than 4-5 hours at a time.
But this week I had no choice. And between us, Smiley and I did it! Once again it was thanks to a reasonably sized disabled toilet in M&S, and our Bug Buggy, which fully reclines, so I was able to sort her out afterwards too. Result.
There is a campaign in the UK for fully accessible toilets and hopefully it will come to Ireland too one day.