‘Being the parent of a child with special needs can be one of the most exhausting roles you have ever had, but also one of the most rewarding as you watch your child develop skills you thought they might never acquire’. – From the conclusion of my book, A Parent’s Guide to Coping with Autism.
I used to say when the boys were very young and only had a few words that one of my goals for them one day when they grew up was that they would be able to go to the pub and order a drink.
This week, it happened.
Thomas went running with the group from the Up and Running shop, they went to the pub afterwards for farewell drinks. He went with them and bought a cider and then even came home on the bus alone. So, not just one achievement but two as he can now also travel independently for short distances.
Sometimes, dreams become reality.
(Thomas wearing his 18th birthday present, a leather jacket)