It's finally taken me 8 weeks to start blogging again after our trip to the UK in May and June. Life took over for a while. I reflect on this holiday with some lovely memories of Emilia around animals and these being very special moments for her and therefore for us too. She has huge amounts of love and compassion to give to animals and being with them is her 'happy place'. They provide sensory feedback and unconditional regard. She is totally in the moment when she is with them and her curiosity enables her to learn at her best.
Whoever said people who have autism do not have empathy?
Last week I was struggling with some personal stuff and had been upset and privately shed some tears. Emilia did not know the details as I was protecting her from the situation at that point. She came into the kitchen and immediately sensed the emotions within me. Unbeknown to me she went up to her room and put this together. She then sent her Nanny (in the UK) an email:
"Mummy was sad, so I made this for her. It is her and Grampy"
My father passed away in 1990 and Emilia sadly never met him, but the whole experience for me was incredible that this young lady could tune into my feelings, show me huge amounts of compassion and love and communicate so clearly her own response to this situation.
Evolved and inspirational young woman
Friday 13th April 10 am to 1pm at Grace Church,
The Headingly Centre, The Kowhai Room, 452 Lower Queen Street, Richmond
Trudi Meyer Regional Coordinator of Parent to Parent
Altogether Autism Catherine Trezona National Manager Altogether Autism
Chris Scott from Explore Services
Ali Beasley - Autism from a Lived Experience Perspective
Paula Jessop Altogether Autism Autistic Advocate Services
Should be an interesting morning, come along and hear me speak
12 - 1pm Light Refreshments/Networking
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Today was a very sad day for all of us.We said goodbye to Nanny who flies back to England after 5 precious weeks together..Emilia was so brave and dried away my tears with her new gloves... then onto horse therapy! Tiny Tim was really enjoying unexpected attention and Emilia felt calmed being with the horses and outside in the sunshine. The horse paddock gives her comfort... it's safe, sensory and constantly changing... dogs, chooks and of course horses.