From 4.bp.blogspot.comWell the house has been eerily quiet today as the boys have gone back to school and I can now reflect over what has been a lovely weekend. It was my birthday on Saturday and I turned 39 although I told the boys that that I was 29, you have to try don't you? Anyway I enjoyed opening my cards and presents even if Mr Tom did not. He protested that it was 'his birthday' and that he didn't like 'his books', Andrew had bought me my beloved Nordic Noir, and he then got upset as he did not get 'a squirrel' as a present. He then attempted to throw said books and cards onto the floor so he was marched quickly upstairs while I tried not to laugh, poor Tom. It is his birthday early next month and I really do think that he thought it was his birthday. The birthday banners and balloons that Andrew had adorned the house with, I feel, did not help. I loved them though.
On Saturday mornings Andrew has to work art school so he took Stephen with him so as to give him a little break from Tom. Stephen enjoys going to the school with his Dad as he misses him in the week. Andrew was also at school in Sunday so this gave them both a little time together. Apparently they both had massive amounts of fun clearing weds from the river.
Anyway I had a fun day planned with Tom and we went to the North Lancashire Directions Group (NLDG) parent carer family information and fun day at Salt Ayre, after an early lunch.
This was for parents and carers of children with disabilities and additional needs.
This is an annual event hosted by the parent carer group and we always have a fantastic time there and this year was no exception. The event is supported by Lancaster City Council, Lancaster Children's Centres and the Parent Partnership Service. Volunteers from the University of Cumbria also helped on the day. 126 families attended and there were over 30 stall holders. Mind you I never got to visit any as Tom was like a whirlwind. There was so much for him to see and do.
In one room it was ‘Tom heaven’. There were inflatables and bouncy castles on one side of the room while on the other were trampolines, supported by Preston Trampoline Club. Well his eyes lit up when he spotted them and he could not wait to climb on and have a bounce, my heart was in my mouth
What was really fantastic though was the whole supportive atmosphere. We were in a place where everyone knew what it is like to have a child with additional needs. So I was therefore not worried about Tom’s behaviour. However having said that he coped incredibly well and only got a little upset when I told him not to touch the model trains, he kept taking them off the track.
There is no other event like this in North Lancashire and it is truly needed. This is clearly evident in the many comments made by parents who attended. Comments include, “really helpful and informative”, “understanding that help is out there” and “not alone”.
I would like to thank NLDG and all of the people associated with the day, thank you too for making me feel not so alone.
More information about NLDG can be found on their website here