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Archive of: 2017

Little achievements

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Often its the little things which make the biggest difference to day to day life. In the last few weeks i have had a series of small achievements, so i wanted to share them here and give some context on why they are more meaningful than they appear.

Bus Adventures.

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This is a post about how i made it into town on the bus.

How i use my iPad Pro.

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A short post about how i am using my iPad Pro for reading / working and communicating.

Developing an autistic Identity.

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In the last two years i have had to develop a true "autistic" identity. This post looks at the main lessons i have learnt along the way.

Hiding away today.

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This is my 6th week with the LD team looking after me and overall it is working well. I am just about stable and starting to get a good idea of what a sustainable output is. In some areas (like doing a weekly shop and my speech) the progress is really encoraging.

A weekend to recharge.

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I’m writing this at 6pm on Friday, i wanted to get my thoughts written down before i headed to my freinds. I am suppose to be at my flat this weekend, but we cancelled those nights. I will stay with my friends so i can sleep better.

It's going pretty well, but its not easy.

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This post looks at how the last few weeks have gone. Some of the achievements, along with some of the remaining challenges.

PIP assessment

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Stuck in my room.

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I am happy my freinds are less stressed now the LD team is looking after me. I am also happy i can go shopping once a week and pick whatever food i want. I feel calmer and more stable and my speech is improving.

However, i really don’t like being trapped in my bedroom so much and i don’t really know what to do about it.

Elephants explained.

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A short exploration of what elephants are and how i use them to shape my environment to meet my needs.

New routine is going well.

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For the last 17 days we have been following a new support structure. The local learning disability and autism team have taken over my day to day support and taken the pressure off of my freinds.

Accept & Support.

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Over the last week i have been amazed at how accepting and supportive the learning disability team are in how they work with me. This post explores why and how.

So far so good.

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Today is my third morning since we started the new support plan and so far it’s going pretty well. To make it simple, for the first 5 nights the support person i know best has been looking after me and thats gone well.

Independence starts tomorrow.

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My new routine starts tomorrow and it’s a bit scary but also very exciting. We are starting with 5 nights at my flat with the learning disabillity team looking after me.

No masking.

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My approach to the concept of masking and some the the thoughts behind it.

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