The beginning of another year, Ryan
enjoyed the Christmas holiday but was happy to go back to school
and see all of his friends again. He still does not
seem to fully interact with other children, although he does join
in games and when he joins his peer group class for subjects like
Art and PE he is welcomed by the children there. For
most of his school day he is in the special educational needs
unit. We think the unit is a wonderful place, he is
actually learning there. One day we hope he will be
able to read and write his name and address, maybe more.
In February he was enjoying playing with his sister Rebecca and
little cousin Tristan and our bubble machine. All
children love bubbles.
We did have a family outing Skating on an indoor
rink, Ryan had great difficulty with balance (well so do most
people at first) and came to sit out at the side of rink with me,
watching the rest of the family skate and enjoy themselves.
He also has problems
maintaining his body temperature so he was getting cold very
quickly on the ice. After sharing my hot chocolate
drink he decided to go back onto the ice and with help (being held up)
he had fun.
Video Link This video clip starts with Rebecca with her
Daddy (I know Mike is their step father but they think of him and
call him Daddy and he is their daddy) in the middle of the picture Mike sees us and
takes Becca (wearing a blue top) to the central resting area to
wave at us. Now look to the left hand edge of the wall
around the rest area and you will see uncle Tony in a reddish top
skate into view holding up his nephew Ryan. The camera
follows them as they "skate" past. Ryan's temperature
temperature problems meant that he got cold very quickly
so we have to watch that. The clip may take a while to
load depending your connection speed, so please be patient.
the end of the school day Ryan is tired and his teacher has
noticed that during the afternoons, especially at the end of the
week he falls down a lot. He is happy then just to sit
and watch the others play. Here he is resting with his
mum after a day at school.
enjoyed the Easter egg hunt. Here he is being helped
by his auntie Beth
party for his 8th Birthday in April seemed to be enjoyed by the
family and his guests - friends from the school unit
the summer there was a "play Day" in Bodmin with stalls
selling things, the school band playing music and lots of
activities for children. Ryan tried juggling (left)
which was frightening to watch and plate spinning (right).
Rebecca is so much more advanced than he is, and little
cousin Tristan seems to be catching up.
also went to a lovely place called Porfell Animal Land, the staff
there were really good with Ryan. They introduced him
to this bird and allowed Ryan to stroke it.
fed the deer and Ryan and Becca played in the play area.
Ryan tried to so hard to go across the "monkey bars"
he knew what to do but just could not do it. His mummy and
daddy helped him and he managed it in the end.
He wants to do what all the other children do.
Who can blame him. Its very hard sometimes to sit and
watch him fall down when really you want to leap up and pick him
up and do things for him. You have to force yourself
to stay still and watch while he falls and/or fails then quietly
give him as little help as possible to assist him either to
succeed or to do something else which is achievable for him.