Andy is growing into a young man. He is almost as big as me and soon will tower over me. Although he is learning to cope with the world around him a little better at times, he still exhibits many characteristics associated with his autism. He always will.
Severe hyperactivity and sensory processing differences can be more noticeable when they are affecting a grown up person. Repetitive behaviours and the need for unusual routines can be less accepted when a person is bigger and louder.
Andy will require a lifetime of support from his family and carers. He will also require a lifetime of understanding and acceptance from his community.
I am so incredibly lucky to have this boy in my life. I love him with all my heart!
Charity Bake off at SGE Esplanade Hotel raises £265 for Inspired by Autism!
Last Sunday we had a wonderful day at the Inspired by Autism Bake off event that took place at SGE Esplanade Hotel in Dunoon. Rebecca MacRaild, the hotel’s events manager and a parent at Inspired by Autism came up with the idea and used her talents and contacts to set up this fun charity event.
The day featured competition in several categories that produced an enthusiastic response from the areas gifted bakers with a truly fantastic array of scrumptious cakes. Professional bakers Yolanda and Helena needed all their experience to pick the winning entries in a competition of a very high standard. Many local crafters also attended paying a donation to have a table on the day. We had live music, an exciting raffle, delicious sandwiches and nibbles and a chance to sample those cakes after the judging !
For my part I was able to talk to people about autism and the support services we provide and to eat a fair amount of cake also!
It was a real family day and my precious boy made an appearance which was for me ‘the icing on the cake!’ Sorry!
Massive thanks to SGE Esplanade Hotel, Rebecca, our lovely judges, the crafters, Tim , David, Poppy and all our winners, musician, hotel staff and especially the bakers and all who attended and contributed to such a great event.
As a charity Inspired by Autism relies on donations to cover our overheads. Over the years people have been very supportive of the work we do and services we provide.
It is of great importance when providing advocacy that the organisation remains independent of potential funders agendas. At Inspired by Autism maximising the wellbeing of autistic people and families will always be the priority.
Andy’s sensory processing differences often cause difficulties for him but sometimes his reaction to sensory experiences produce great excitement and happiness. Here Andy is standing at our back door where he likes to feel the temperature difference on his bare arms and face. The snow that was falling in the light from our kitchen and his warm breath condensing in the cold air seemed to be adding to the moment for Andy causing him to stim, laugh and verbalise.