The Summer holidays are tough for families like ours, even more so now that Andy is no longer with us.
When everyone is at school and college there is routine and structure, the holidays throw this into disarray. Bedtimes and wake up times are out of the window, mealtimes become flexible. It's a familiar story for any family but the impact is multiplied many times over within our family.
People with autism and with learning disabilities need routine, structure and predictability, no wonder the long summer holidays become such a battle ground in our house.
And then this is the first year without Andy, the first long summer holiday. It's a year of firsts, every one of them significant.
Websites close to my heart
- Shooting Star Chase (Daisy's Hospice)
- Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity
- Torbay Holiday Helper's Network
- Sick Children's Trust
- Daisy's Angels - Facebook Page
- About Costello Syndrome
- Asperger Syndrome
- Caudwell Children
- Together for Short Lives (Children's Hospices in the UK)
- Costello Syndrome Support Group
- Give Kids The World
- PostPals - Putting Smiles on Sick Children's Faces
- Singing Hands (Daisy is their No1 Fan!)
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