Mayhem and Stardust

We are the proud parents of, amongst others, Jig, who has a handsome collection of diagnoses (ADHD, AD, FASD) which probably mean nothing and a generous smattering of fairy dust which probably counts for everything. School was a huge challenge and so we decided, probably rashly, to move to the country and home educate him. No medication, no 'support', chickens, space, a farm on the doorstep and a beach nearby. What could possibly go wrong?

A walk on the wild side

We had a great day at Tippetts Fun Day locally.  Marks Ark animal entertainer found that he had met his match – Jiggy’s recent specialist subject is reptiles and birds of prey. I guess his fairly relentless sharing of his undoubted knowledge may have been slightly off putting to anyone else who was there but I really enjoyed seeing him so engaged (and sitting still while he was talking – GREAT progress) and was really proud of him.  Does it matter that the ordinary world isn’t quite ready for him yet?  I don’t think so.

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Next term we are going to try a day a week at Forest School, without me.  I really hope that by banking a year of home education he has more resources and that he will be able to integrate into that small and supportive group in an ordinary way, without needing one to one or specialist intervention. Watch this space.  I think it is more likely that he will succeed there than at mini-rugby which is where he says he wants to go.  We have, of course, bought the boots and signed him up but I don’t have a good feeling about that. However, having a surprising child means you must be ready to be really, truly surprised…

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