One of the things D did at school today was to make toast. T at first was very envious – he loves his toast! – and then started to ask why they’d done that.
I explained to T that D is at her special needs school because we want her to learn “life skills” and feel comfortable in her environment. It may mean that she never takes any exams. But she will learn things like handling money and learning to deal with her fears, shopping from a list, basic cooking skills and other things than NT children and young adults should have no problems doing.
T then remembered back to a report on “South Today” a couple of weeks ago, it featured an autistic woman in her 20’s who had been hit numerous times in the last year by cars because she could not judge the speed they were travelling at.
We then thought of and discussed things that he takes for granted doing and has no problems doing, which his sister would need assistance with. He took it all on board.
It made me realise that T is a very mature, caring 9 year old and a wonderful big brother to his little (ha ha she’s taller than him, with the same shoe size) 7 year old sister. I’m very proud of him.