I haven’t written for a while, and I apologise for that, life has been particularly busy.
Harry is doing really well, 14 years old, nearly six feet tall and still is as charming as ever!
But April is autism awareness month..and this gives me a pause for thought. Whilst Autism is getting more recognition than ever before, some parents still want more, and I don’t dispute that. Being in the job that I am in, I see families who have children with additional needs, all sorts of needs and they seem to struggle more and more, and my findings are, in the greater world that if you explain that your child has the autism label, the person nods, and accepts, even if they don’t fully don’t get it.
But those children with other ‘hidden’ conditions don’t seem to get the same recognition. Dyslexia for instance can affect the person’s working memory. A person without dyslexia still need time to process information, up to 7 secs to be exact, a person with Dyslexia can take up to seven times longer and their brain can be like a filing cabinet and you have to go through all the files, to find what they need. Or ADHD, do people fully get that or dyscalculia.
So my wish for autism awareness month, isn’t just autism awareness. The fact is we are in 2017 and parents are still asking for clubs that are specifically for disabled children. For me I find this infuriating. I run a fully inclusive guide group. It’s large for a guide group, 27 guides with over 50% that have additional needs. We have an understanding where the group helps one another to achieve and if one of the girls is unable to do a task, we all don’t do it, though we only choose tasks that we can all complete, even if we need help and support to achieve it. This raises awareness and confidence and self-esteem, this is what I want for everyone.
So I want awareness for everyone, those who need extra help to achieve their goals and dreams, we all have difficulties from time to time, so don’t we owe it to everyone to be kind to each other, despite a label?