Symbols of hope and a Swimtastic success

I've gotta draw a line in the sand and find a new way to be an autism parent so that I don't ever lose the plot again.  Am really hoping that reasons to be cheerful will help...

Symbols of hope


Every single flower in my old pots died this summer, apart from one, and it makes me smile when I'm out the back.



Help and respite


Smiley's lovely new social worker has finally got funding for an additional hour of help for Smiley in the evenings which will make an enormous difference. Together we can do a short programme of exercises with her every night, and hopefully the rest of the time can be spent doing an activity with my son.

She also secured some respite hours for Smiley during July. It's spread over a few days and is based in her school. She was there today, and was absolutely delighted with herself when I collected her this afternoon.

Swimming


I've always had a bit of a mental block about swimming with Smiley as it's been tiring and stressful, even with the help of friends. But it's one of her favourite activities, so when I was invited to bring her for four supervised swim sessions, I signed up before I had time to think about it. And it was a swimtastic success: with the help of hoists and a physiotherapist, I got her in and out and showered without raising a sweat.  Best of all, I finally found the head support she needs to swim independently. Go Smiley!!!!!



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8 comments:

  1. Susan (Eastendmom)July 10, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Go Smiley indeed! And well done to you . Glad things are looking up a bit in your corner of the world. Isn't it amazing how just that little bit of help can make an enormous, life-changing difference? Hope you all have a good weekend together.

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    1. It does make a difference, it's been great to see how happy she's been over the past two days while she's had a few hours of respite and undivided attention, and it's taken the pressure off me a bit too :)

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  2. I know you've been having a tough time lately, and I'm so proud of you for finding reasons to smile. I know it's not easy, but you are such an incredible woman and mother. I hope respite continues, as it sounds like it has helped xx

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    1. The respite helps both of us, and there are a few more days in July alright :) xx

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  3. Great news about the respite and the swimming. xxxx

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  4. Such a wonderful Smiley photo! Delighted for her and you...and for some respite. Definite reasons to be cheerful....xx

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    1. I would never have thought that you could still get progress after 18 years, but there you go! xx

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