Blog Archive

All of the blog posts, neatly arrange by year and category… neat

Archive of: 2017

Better speach and upcoming adventures.

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The last month has been really positive. We’re really starting to see the positive outcomes which come from getting the right support in place.

My thoughts on Room Scale VR from the autistic perspective.

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Autism festival of Swansea.

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Over the weekend i had the pleasure of contributing to the Autism Festival a Swansea. I had a really enjoyable time so i wanted to write a little about why i had fun and leave some thoughts about the content and wider angle the conference sent.

A Better Daily Routine.

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A few weeks ago we made some changes to my daily routine and they have been really positive. We sort of knew these changes where needed, but getting ill was a good catalyst to get the changes made. This post explores what changes we made and why.

"Your Bleeding From your Head..."

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The last few weeks have been very intense. This post tells the story of my recent trip to A&E.

Applying the social model well. (Example!).

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I burnt myself, and this post explains how applying the social model helped me find an effective strategy to keep myself safer in the future.

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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