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Jacqui Jackson & family programme on BBC2 now (autism)

(27 Posts)
onlyjoking9329 Wed 21-Feb-07 23:28:45

just started.

therealcontrolfreakydave Thu 22-Feb-07 00:02:32

she's pretty amazing isn't she?

therealcontrolfreakydave Thu 22-Feb-07 00:03:53

and her eldest boy is lovely

jenk1 Thu 22-Feb-07 09:53:16

oh no, is it going to be repeated?

Tiggiwinkle Thu 22-Feb-07 10:02:24

I dont think this was a new programme-think it was a repeat of the one from a few years ago?

coppertop Thu 22-Feb-07 10:04:37

Yes it was the "My Family and Autism" one from a few years ago. I watched it with dh last night and we were both sitting there nodding "Yep, that's just what ds1/ds2 does".

AitchTwoOh Thu 22-Feb-07 10:14:28

she is a remarkable woman, isn't she? i watched it when it was first on and pmsl when Luke's sisters were trying to explain to him about NOT saying a girl's bum looked big etc. mind you, my dh takes the same stance...

now, i ask this in the spirit of blissful ignorance, but did anyone think that the boys' autism got worse the younger they got? does that mean anything or is it a function of age? is it that the older children would communicate more by virtue of age and therefore be more reasonable, or are the autistic behaviours of the younger two likely to remain static? it's just something i couldn't make clear in my head when i was watchign it, i remember.

Davros Thu 22-Feb-07 10:19:30

Personally I think JJ is very strange.

coppertop Thu 22-Feb-07 10:28:17

I think so much depends upon the child tbh. As a toddler ds1 was definitely further along the spectrum than he is now. He didn't communicate at all and spent a lot of time with his hands over his ears sitting in a cupboard under our sink (voluntarily I should add ). At 6 he is in a mainstream school without 1:1 help (though this can still change of course) and you'd have to look very closely to spot his autism.

Ben (the youngest ds) also has CP and Joe has ADHD so there's also more factors involved there.

DinosChapman Thu 22-Feb-07 10:28:54

I saw this when it was on before. I think Jimjams knows Jacqui, doesn't she?

Jimjams2 Thu 22-Feb-07 10:31:49

not as well as OJ!

onlyjoking9329 Thu 22-Feb-07 11:05:44

ben is the most affected by his autism. but he is the youngest.

Jimjams2 Thu 22-Feb-07 11:19:44

I think that will vary according to the individual aitch. Ds1 appeared very mild at 2, he's now severe. he hasn't regressed- he just hasn't made any progress.

onlyjoking9329 Thu 22-Feb-07 11:54:18

it's amazing how different kids with ASD are, my girls were more able at 3/4 than DS was at that age, it soon swapped around, i think in lots of ways DD's have come to a standstill, whereas DS has continued to move on.

AitchTwoOh Thu 22-Feb-07 12:43:04

aah, right. i suppose i was just wondering if the help that they'd received had improved their day-to-day conditions, iykwim? My cousin definitely improved as he got older, i think.

i actually thought that the mother was notably not weird, tbh, other than being ultra-determined.

AitchTwoOh Thu 22-Feb-07 12:45:14

i think i'd missed that ben had CP, somewhere along the way.

nikkie Thu 22-Feb-07 19:00:05

The peom at the end made me cry , One of the girls had wrote a poem about the family.

sphil Thu 22-Feb-07 21:14:39

It's so right about the differences between children on the spectrum. Dh and I watched the programme last night - I know it's old but I'd never seen it before - and I was expecting to be nodding and saying (like Coppertop) 'Oh yes DS2 does that'. But there were so few points of comparision - we ended up saying to each other that it's almost as if DS2 has a different disorder, he's so unlike any of the Jackson children. I was quite disappointed, in a strange sort of way! Not in the programme - I thought it was excellent - but in that it didn't give me that comforting shared experience feeling.

Mind you, there were a number of things about Luke that reminded me of DS1

What I want to know is, how can JJ have had SEVEN children and look so thoroughly unraddled? Do I need to enrol in a Tae-Kwondo (sp?) class asap?

Jimjams2 Thu 22-Feb-07 21:39:39

sphil- ah I know what you mean there JJ's kids are all completely different from ds1.

I think that's what completely blew me away about Lucy Blackman's book "Lucy's Story". For the first time I read about someone who was almost exactly like ds1. Other books had had some moments of recognition, or really none at all- but on just about every page of Lucy's book there was something I recognised and shared.

Blossomhill Thu 22-Feb-07 21:57:14

I saw a follow up to this and was amazed at the progress Ben had made. He was being intergrated into a ms school and was seen running around and actively playing with his ms peers. It was so lovely to see how much he had come on

nikkie Thu 22-Feb-07 22:01:05

I couldn't get over her doing all those courses and I can't keep up with one.Though she doesn't MN

sphil Thu 22-Feb-07 22:04:54

JJ - must get that book!
Bh - would love to see the follow up. Does anyone know what sort of interventions Ben had(apart from gf/cf)? In last night's prog Jacqui J briefly mentioned 'teaching Ben in the afternoons' and I wanted to know what she was doing, but it was never shown.

onlyjoking9329 Thu 22-Feb-07 22:10:56

Ben used to do a split placement so was taught at home in the afternoons.

sphil Thu 22-Feb-07 22:45:30

I was wondering if she'd done ABA with him.

Jimjams2 Thu 22-Feb-07 22:48:41

oh no, definitely not!

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