It’s always a pleasure to share the aims and passion of the #happyinschool project to parents. Being the parent of a child or children with autism or ADHD can be fraught, relentless; you can lose sight of yourself and your power in the rolling procession of appointments, teacher meetings and assessments.
I was delighted to by asked by Express CIC to speak at their sixth annual conference at the Rose Theatre. Meetings parents and helping them understand the education dynamics when raising a child with autism or ADHD is the reason I do what I do. For every assertive parent who sticks two fingers up at the medical and educational establishment, many more feel guilt, shame, tiredness, anger and confusion, often not knowing what to do next. When you work full-time, it’s can be a strain to commit fully to your job, whilst meeting your parental obligations. And it’s not just attending the meetings, and digesting all of the information, it’s about all of the decisions you need to make. Decisions that could affect your child or young person’s life forever. I’ve been there AND got the tee-shirt. Literally.
It was great to see some familiar faces and meet quite a few new ones at the Express CIC Autism conference. The gallery space at Rose Theatre was light and airy, it was great to see so many families. I look forward to seeing more of you at forthcoming #happyinschool sessions. The aim is to cover the big issues, breaking them into manageable chunks. Dicing up the information that’s useful and relevant to you, making it easier for you to use practically as you work with the educationalists and other professionals to support your child. It’s fun, emotional, interactive but the best bit is this: we do it together, supporting each other as we go.
I’d like to leave you with a few motivational words:
“Empowered we all move forward in knowledge.”
© Suzy Rowland