Looking Back on 2016 – November

No longer

‘Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder treason and plot’ its –

‘Remember, remember ’16 November, doughnuts and speakers and Trump.’

November was a varied month. Dylan went to the Krispy Kreme factory and had an excellent time making doughnuts  – and then eating them! As the searching for a friend was unsuccessful we thought in the meantime Dylan can still be around more people socially even if they’re not exclusively with him. So we signed up for some home ed trips, Krispy Kreme factory in November and then some candle making and truffle making workshops in December; just in time for Christmas presents. Dylan really listens now at these events, he focuses on the adults and has his anxiety well under control so that he can take part in the event. It was a real success!

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November was also the start of Dylan being more independent with making purchases and stringing together the skills he has been learning over the past few years. There are lots of gaps in skills and work needed to move this forward as an independent skill but I’m so proud that Dylan now has enough confidence to be able to make these huge strides and he is using his iPad so well. The Wednesday night dinners out are helping with this too!

 

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A rare night out for Dad and I to hear Dean Beadle speak to local parents and professionals about his autism. Full experience is outlined here, it was a really informative night as a parent and a valuable episode for both Dad and I in the healing process from the viciousness of the past few years of Dylan’s education.

And Trump. Well. Not much to say really apart from the acceptance of this rude opinionated and dangerously bigoted man to lead the most powerful country in the world is pure lunacy. On this flip side however I do recognise a similar mind-set of

‘Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t; Anything is possible’.

The similarities however there end.

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