Raffy has been on two camping trips in the past month. One was a pop-up festival for a friends birthday with bands, DJ's games and a magician.
Now we are gearing up for a proper 4-day arts and music festival in Cambridgeshire. The one and only Secret Garden Party! We have a pitch in the Sanctuary area offering Reiki and Osteopathy treatments to all and sundry plus hopefully seeing Public Enemy and Martha and the Vandellas! Who knows how the trip will pan out?! It really is a new one for all of us.
I can't believe it's been so long since the last update. We have had a two day outreach with Gerd Winkler, a highly experienced Son-Rise Program® teacher. It was a lot of money but was very much worth it.
We are still reaping the benefits and implementing his ideas. So much love, respect and challenges for when Raffy was interactive and we saw our boy reach out of himself even more than before.
It was so inspiring to see and also to have an expert on hand for every crazy eventuality!
Raffy is at the stage where he is coming through his classic autism diagnosis with more sophisticated language, jokes, questions and expansion. He can seem more challenging at times because he is finding how the world works and testing things out with words and actions.
We found out we can ask him to do more things like put his own seat belt on in the car as he really is able to do this. His motor skills in general are coming along. He is even finding out ways to keep us doing stuff for him by mentioning that only 8 year olds can do it and he is only 7!
He is experimenting with climbing up the steps of the slide and coming down on his own, balancing on ropes and doing some hanging from monkey bars. All big risks for him.
He is now vitally interested in trees and leaves and is busy identifying the local trees. He carries around his book - British Trees: A photographic guide to every common species (Collins Complete Guide) and is currently on the trail of a hickory nut!
Our Son-Rise program has changed to allow more time outside the playroom with games around people and their interests mixed with some homeschooling elements. Such a brilliant period of growth. We are very very proud of him.