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If you have an interest in autism

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 08:22

Cheers Dove.

I get to meet many many different people through work and have to confess that the most fun times have been with autistic and "lower ability" groups rather than the bright privately educated polite schools you'd expect. We can bring lessons to life in ways you'd never imagine purely because something needs to be explained in a different way or perhaps we all just need to climb in the back of a fire engine to smell the fire fighter. 

I hate hate HATE when a teacher introduces a child to me as "he's austistic" or "she's down syndrome".... no he's James who really likes dinosaurs and she's Becky who signs like a pro and has a wicked sense of humour.

It becomes a mission of mine with every child who has a workshop with me to make their teacher surprised at their abilities. I just wish teachers had the time and support available to them to get to know each student of theirs with their own quirks.


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 08:06

Dove; the neighbours builder was politely told that using the main stop tap in the street isn't appropriate (cuts water to four houses) when there's a perfectly good one house stop tap by the back door.

Mind you I'm just grateful it wasn't anything serious!

Funny you say about showering in the rain though: yesterday we ripped up the old flooring in the bathroom to replace it with some new.

Today we'll be ripping *everything* out so that we can put things back in properly (because we don't need to worry about having electricity to do that: Frank is proving very spirited here).


Pat I'm glad your husband is safe.


Posted: 30/12/2015 at 07:44

Morning all. You'll be pleased to know I've had a shower this morning! 



Posted: 29/12/2015 at 09:11

Oh! We don't appear to have any water. Not so much as a drip. Awaiting Yorkshire Water to contact us but it was fine earlier.

*starts searching the drive for signs of a burst*

Sorry about the smell; no shower!


Posted: 29/12/2015 at 08:55

Punkdoc: I saw no end of unusual birds on my walk the other day: this warm weather has rather confused a few travellers but makes for beautiful sights! Do let us know what you discover.

cutting lawn

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 08:44

Many people are still cutting their lawns at the moment Bonsai with the warm weather. Keep it higher than normal though.

Barbadensis Miller- Aloe Vera Medicinal Plant

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 08:43

Where in the world are you Wookster?


Posted: 29/12/2015 at 08:37

Morning all! 


Posted: 24/12/2015 at 07:37

Lesley your wind must have been bad it kept me awake too.


I hope Flynn is feeling better soon!


I feel completely unChristmasy at the moment. It's too warm, and I keep thinking of all the jobs I could be doing!


Posted: 23/12/2015 at 21:57

Found it! How very clever some people are. I do admire drawing talents. 

Early night as we predict a chaotic few days. Next year I'm getting flu and spending Christmas in my own bed eating beans on toast.

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