Just wanted to tell you some news about my step-son
I think I told you about his residential centre, and how he has settled to living a full, fairly independent life?
Last year he bought himself an electric guitar. Brought it to show us at Christmas. Plinked and strummed about, but nothing really musical. I assumed he would always just like to make 'noises' with it.
When he came to see us at Easter he brought a CD, made by the staff and residents at his centre.
The first track was the Troggs 'Wild Thing'. Rob was playing lead guitar, AND LEAD VOCALS.!!!!
If anyone had told my dh, 22 years ago, he would have hit them (seriously).
Yes, those of you who don't know, Rob is autistic, was largely uncommunicative until he was 6 y.o., and spent all his childhood in a special educational unit in Nottingham (as a day school, not a boarder).
When he was 19 Rob moved to the AALPS college centre in Scunthorpe, where he lives now. He is now 22, has completed 2 NVQ's carries out work in 2 part-time placements each week, and is developing his musical talents.
even though i lost my sister quite recently and have moaned and wimpered, she acheived so much (she had CF not sutism!) and I was always so proud of her. She was so much cleverer than me
I only aske dif it was derbys because i lived in staffs and there was a community not far from us, that was amazing/
Rob's first school was Sutherland House, until he was 11, then went to Rose Hill. Both were special units for autistic children, and did the most amazing job with him. He gained some GCSEs at Rose Hill (3 I think)
Obviously the system has changed a bit since his primary years, we don't know about Sutherland House now