I got to see this film again with a twitter pal and it was SO much better the second time around, perhaps because I did not have the same (unrealistic?) expectations. I ought to update my review, but in the meantime you could try this one instead.
The health services always get a good bashing and sometimes from me, but it was a concerned District Nurse that suggested and organised a home help for me in the mornings. I would struggle without this service now. More help has been offered, but I was concerned that I would have to stay at home to avail of it and when the kids were younger, I took them to activities most days, and there were regular trips away too. But that does not happen now, so I have applied - and been approved - for an hour of home help in the evenings. It will start as soon as funding becomes available: and that's another story of course.
This has become one of my favourite activities. It's not always easy: I hate waste, so I hate throwing things away too. But I read recently about a rule of thumb that says that 90% of your stuff can be replaced for less than €20, so if you do throw something away and need it later, it's not likely to cause a financial crisis. That has really encouraged me. Earlier this week I got rid of most of my jewellery, and the enormous box that housed it (which I never liked). It was all cheap stuff and it killed me to throw it out, but I rarely wear jewellery these days, and I won't have to feel guilty about that now. So it's all good.
Learning About Autism
I confess to feeling a tad jealous at times of those friends of mine who regularly attend training courses, workshops and conferences, even when they're about special needs. It's a break, and the learning will hopefully help your child too. Then I read that some last minute tickets had become available for a major autism conference. It's on a school day, it's about education, and it looks as though I may be one of the lucky people who is going to get a place. It could be just what I need. Perhaps there I will find some answers to the school refusal problem.