Autism One on One Success!
I don’t mind admitting that I was a little pensive yesterday as the hour of the first Autism One on One session approached. I’d printed a couple of forms, tried to put the word out as efficiently as I could and all that was left to do was get on with other things and wonder if anyone was going to turn up!
I can’t thank my amazing children enough for all the effort they put into last night. I love you all so much.
Fate, however, had other ideas. At 1.30 I received a call from a lovely guy called Alec, he told me he was from BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire and would I be prepared to do an interview…..now! Errrrrrrr…..brain now going into overdrive and trying to work out what I urgently needed to do and could I fit it in, I finally took the bull by the horns and said yes!
We arranged to meet at the Almanack as that was where I was going to need to be after and found a quiet corner to record. He wanted to know how I felt about Special School v Mainstream as there is a new Special School being built in Nuneaton. With 3 children very successfully attending Special School, I am in favour of there being sufficient provision for children who can’t ‘survive’ mainstream. I’m not against inclusion, I just know that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to a child being taught and nurtured effectively. You can hear the interview here BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire.
Interview done I then turned my attention to the events of the evening. Having rounded up all of the children, Pippa and I left to get everything organised with everyone following hot on our heels. With everything in place and the casual set up I wanted to create in place, 6.00 arrived as we all sat there, each on our own expecting to still be sitting alone 2 hours later!
Then Helen Harban arrived (Speech and Language Therapist) which was the loveliest surprise of the evening and then our first visitor came in. Phew……thought I, at least one person came! And then it was as though the flood gates had opened and people started arriving in what felt like droves. As they arrived I tried to find out why they had come and then pair them with the child I felt might have the most appropriate information for them.
I spent the evening trying to make sure that everyone had the chance to speak to whoever they wanted to and hope I succeeded? The atmosphere in the room was very lively and happy with loads of laughter, exactly the type of positive environment I’d wanted to create. The feedback at the end was incredible with people having come from as far away as Stratford and everyone certain that they would be back for the next one.
Today I feel uplifted, there is nothing in this world as powerful as the feeling that you might just have helped a few people in some small way and I sincerely hope that’s what we did. The children loved it and can’t wait for next time so I’m now busy looking for a bigger venue with slightly more ‘user friendly’ acoustics.
A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who came and if you believe in what we’re trying to achieve then do spread the word and let’s get this growing fast.
More news and information to follow on the Autism One on One page and all of you came last night, please do try to find the time to leave feedback here.