Saying hello here

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Saying hello here
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Sat, 06-02-2007 - 3:50pm

Hello! Thought I'd introduce myself:)

I have four children and my youngest Charlie, who is 10 this week has ASD. He is reasonably high functioning for his autism diagnosis but not quite bright enough for Aspergers! He has some learning difficulties and also poor muscle tone (I used to hang on the hypotonia board when he was little) but also some amazing skills.

He is actually a very sociable child..he likes people (prefers adults), but has very poor understanding of social functioning. He has obsessions and will monologue complete strangers on them ..Andrew LLoyd Webber musicals are his biggest obsession, and he can sing several from one end to the other, yet can't dress himself yet, cant ride a bike, can;t draw... he's a sweet and unusal little fellow. he is also quite anxious and has odd fears. Currently having trouble getting his outside as he is petrified of anything with wings:(

My other three are teens (15, 14 and 13..yeah fun !) who are very tolerant with Charlie *most* of the time:)

I work in special school (Oxfordshire UK) and I work with children at the most severe end of the spectrum, with severe learning difficulties, austim and very challenging behaviour. Hard work but I love it.

Anyway Hi!! Look forward to meeting people:)
Juliex
Mum to Charlie 10 ASD, MLD, hypotonia and cute, Abby 15, Zach 14 , Lucy 13

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Sun, 06-03-2007 - 9:56pm

Welcoem to the board! There are a lot of great ladies here!


My 5 yr old runs in horror when a bird comes near him right now! and wont let me lave our back door open and the sceen door shut for fear a bird or bug will get in the house! lol


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Registered: 06-25-2003
Tue, 06-05-2007 - 12:46am

Hi Julie,


Welcome to the board!


Charlies sounds like my son Peter in many ways. Peter is almost 9, very outgoing, but inept with it. He gets away with a lot because of his clownish and self-deprecating sense of humour (<-- note correct spelling: I'm originally from Ireland ;) ).


I hope you feel at home here. We have another UK-er who recently joined, and a few ex-pat Irishwomen like meself hanging around to make the place a bit more interesting ;).


I know your neck-of-the woods quite

-Paula

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Registered: 12-22-2003
Tue, 06-05-2007 - 9:16am

*Waving To Julie*

Hi & Welcome! I think you'll enjoy hanging out around our little corner or cyberspace. Goodness knows these wonderful ladies have been my "shelter from the storm" on more than a few ocassions over the past 5+ years.

Wow, Charlie sounds a lot like what I think our "almost" 7 year old daughter will be like at ten. Fairly high functioning, but not high enough to be Dx'd Asperger's. While many things are frustrating about her functional level, I think the unusual fears are often what bother me the most! However, for us it's not wings, but household appliances and bananas. Oh, those evil yellow fruits!!!

Blessings to you for the work you do. I have great admiration for anybody who has a special needs child and also finds the strength to work with other special needs children. It certainly takes a strong personality, and a huge heart.

Amy

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Fri, 06-08-2007 - 8:10am
HI,I,M THE OTHER UK-ER.I,M YVONNE FROM BOLTON,NEAR MANCHESTER.WELCOME.THERE ARE SOME GREAT LADIES HERE WITH SOME GREAT ADVICE THAT ACTUALLY WORKS,TRIED A COUPLE MYSELF WITH MY SON.
YVONNE XXX