I thought I would write a post, each week, just with my thoughts about things I've seen or read. Things that have bothered me, or made me smile.
One of the top things to talk about is 'The A Word', a BBC drama based around a family that has a child on the spectrum. I don't feel negatively about it, in particular, but I won't be watching. I did sit through the first episode, and I will admit it made me and Mr. Ojo talk about it, up until midnight.
However, it didn't reflect OUR story. I'm sure it didn't reflect many peoples, because this drama can only reflect the family it's portraying. Just because our children are on the spectrum, doesn't mean they are the same. I have 2 children on the spectrum, they couldn't BE more different!
I still think it will be a good, informative, drama. Particularly for those who don't have children with autism.
Has it shown the lack of support? In my opinion, the more you can cope, the less help you get. I've just 'got on with it'. I know how to parent my children. I know what they can and can't do.
As Autism awareness day approaches, and I am one of the people that will support turning the world blue, it's good that a television programme is helping us.
I spent a lot of yesterday morning talking to a university student, about what it's like to live with children on the spectrum, the changes we have to make etc.
It really surprised me just how different how lives probably are. How my 'normal' is so much different from others. But, that's the point, it's MY normal.
As I sit here now, typing this, my youngest is under a blanket, with a load of lego and an Ipad. My 13 year old has just come downstairs (it's 14:46), he won't be here for long. School holidays lack routine, they don't like this, they don't know what to do. My 18 year old is off out with friends.
Apart from the eldest, they hate leaving the house, so I will be spending the Easter holidays doing pretty much this.
I guess what I'm saying is, if you don't have children with autism, watch The A Word. Understand that some peoples day to day lives are TOTALLY different.
Mostly, just live your own life, let others live theirs.