The Good Life Newsletter May 2014

Isaac gives his mum away at her wedding

On March 8 David and I got married at home.  Isaac and his brother Ben walked her up the aisle and said I do when asked who gives this woman to be married.  For several weeks we had been reading a social story to Isaac about what would happen at the wedding walked (actually it was more like jogged)  up the aisle and pointed to the “I Do” symbol when asked who gives this woman to be married.

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Finding a college for Isaac to attend next year

Over the next few weeks we will be deciding where to enrol Isaac for college next year.  We  are looking at Melba Copland Secondary College, UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra and Dickson College.  We want Isaac to have the opportunity to make friends with other  young adults in our local area, to be exposed to a variety of subjects and for those around him to have high expectations – it does less harm to presume he can than to presume he can’t and deny him the opportunity to try.

Learning to drive

Isaac’s friends the same age as him will all be looking at learning to drive so we thought we would like to give him the opportunity to drive something too and get around on his own a bit.  So we hired a mobility scooter for a month to see how he goes.   He has it at school and so far he is doing well.  he can go in a straight line and the next step is learning to steer.  We hope to buy him one eventually so if you can be on the lookout for a second hand one, that would be great!

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Communication

Isaac is going well with his PODD communication.  We are working on requesting things he likes eg food and music and then teaching him how to use it to comment eg “I like this”

Myself and one of Isaac’s support workers from the Latitude Program are travelling to Melbourne to do a two day course on PODD.  I have also booked us a place on a course in Sydney in October to learn about RPM – Rapid Prompting Method which will also help us to help Isaac to improve his communication.

We are having a fun social gathering called “Chatterbox” where  any of Isaacs friends, family, circle of support members and support workers can come along and learn how to use Isaac’s PODD.  Speech therapist Tara Goli is going to provide some informal training in using PODD through some fun activities.  See upcoming events for further details.

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Circle of support

Isaac has a group of friends who meet twice every school term over a cuppa at our house to talk about how we can build a good life for Isaac.  It is facilitated by Jan Yarrington who is a Life Coach and Occupational Therapist.

At the moment we are concentrating on getting to know Isaac and helping him to build and sustain his social networks.  We have been enjoying thinking of ways to include Isaac in the meeting.  Last week we played Simon Says with his communication symbols, which was quite funny.

If you are interested in coming along and being part of it that would be great.  We are always on the lookout for more people keen to help.

Upcoming Events

Chatterbox

When: May 24, 2014

Time:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where:  Southern Cross Club Jamison, Bowman Street & Catchpole Street, Macquarie ACT 2614

Who: Anyone in Isaac’s network interested in learning to use his PODD communication system in a fun and informal way over morning tea.  Speech Therapist Tara Goli will be coming along to help us learn more about communicating with Isaac.

Isaac’s Pizza & Movie Nights

What:  Share some pizza or a plate of food and watch a movie.  Isaac’s support worker will be there to support Isaac for the evening.  David and Sheree will go out and enjoy some much needed together time.

Who: Isaac’s school friends, circle of support members and other friends.

Where: 14 Saville Close Melba

Time: 6 – 9 pm

When: First Friday of Every Month:  June 6, July 4, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5.

Lift? : Need a lift to and/or from Isaac’s house? Call Isaac’s Mum Sheree on 0407305739

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