Sunday, 21 December 2014

Where's Your Homework, Mum?

Bobby alarmed that I'm relaxing. "Are you going to do some work, like AuKids or such?" Have to teach him the 'people in glass houses' idiom. It doesn't take ME two hours to procrastinate when I'm writing a feature...Well ok, maybe it does.

King of the Keys

So, it's the one time of the year when he can actually play Jingle Bells on his synthesizer without annoying me and Alec's suddenly got into This Old Man...

Light Blues with Mulled Wine

Unfortunately for us parents of kids with autism, the social world at Christmas requires that friends and family get together and share the edited highlights concerning what successful children they have. For even the biggest of hearts, this can be difficult to hear, when junior is flapping, twiddling, spinning (or in Alec's case, destroying everyone's eardrums) in the background.

Don't feel downhearted. Though it may not be obvious to the outside world, the small steps your child is making are just as worthy, just as precious. Though others cannot know what to ask and therefore cannot celebrate your achievements in the same way, the fact that you can recognise and rejoice in these small steps makes you a very special sort of parent.

Believe it or not, being in these sorts of social situations and not feeling the need to show off, nor feeling inadequate because your son/daughter isn't at the top of their class, changes you for the better. Only you can know how far you've climbed this year. Working with a child where every step is a struggle, you can take far more credit than someone whose kids were born with natural talents.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Letter to Santa

Bobby's letter to Santa.

Dear Santa,

I have been good so I would like:

  • New Super Mario Bros U
  • Super Smash Bros for Wii U
  • Some Amiibo figures
  • iPad
  • PSone. If possible.
  • Some Skylanders
  • And the rest is a surprise.


Cheers dude for giving me the 'surprise' option. May have to hand him Santa's budget next year. Loving the bullet points by the way. Glad to see your education is paying off.

On with the show!

AuKids has been approached to be a media partner to the Autism Show 2015 which takes place in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

Of course we said yes.

This is mainly because Debby comes from Birmingham originally and Tori puts on a lousey Brummie accent and needs to perfect it.

But also because it's a great show and a good chance for us to shake hands with the people we hear from but never meet. 

We'll be doing our ice-cream sundae demo as a Hub talk. It always goes down well, partly because most of the audience are bemused as to how we could possibly make autism into a cooking show.
We're thinking of having a special AuKids T-shirt done for the Autism Show. How about 'My folks went to the Autism Show and all I got was this lousey T-shirt'?...

Monday, 15 December 2014

Little pipsqeak

Alec knocked over Bobby's 'precious things' box and so I had to look at the contents (don't usually). I found it to be home to a precious collection of apple pips. Sometimes I feel I know my son really well. And then sometimes..