Hello Again

It’s been a while!

I hope the past few months have been going well for you.

A lot has been happening here which has meant that my blogging hiatus has stretched through three long seasons.

Edward did really well in his GCSE’s even miraculously obtaining a level 4 in French which was a surprise to everyone who witnessed his French-speaking skills (or rather lack of) the night before his exam. I’m sure he must have just spoken English with an incredibly bad French accent.

He’s now doing A levels (maths, physics & chemistry) and preparing to apply for university later this year so I’ll most likely be writing on this topic over the next few months.

In a surprising twist after a life time of a total and absolute disinterest in sport Edward is now playing 5 aside football with friends once a week. We didn’t see that coming! It’s a reminder not to pigeon hole a child by having preconceived ideas about what they can/can’t or will/won’t do.

I’ve completed my training to be a business and personal coach with Barefoot Coaching and am leaving my NHS work at the end of the month to focus on my fledgling business which is called Communication Coaching, combining my background in Speech and Language Therapy with Coaching.

For years I’ve wanted to get more involved in working with autistic people and I knew that if I stayed in my current job working with deaf adults this was unlikely to happen. I’m now planning  to work with people who face a wide range of communication challenges at home, at work or socially.  I will continue to work with people who have hearing loss but I’ve also started working with older autistic teens (16+) and adults.

I’ve got a new website which I’ll be tweaking and developing over the next few months but if you want to find out more about my coaching work please take a look and share with anyone you know who may be interested. It’s called Communication Coaching. (Like this blog which was named by Edward I seem to like a name to say exactly what it is!)

One of the highlights of last summer for Edward and me was our first visit to Autscape. Autscape has been running in the UK for approximately 15 years. It is a 4 day conference for autistic people which is organised by autistic people and this year there were about 200 participants. Neurotypical (NT) people are allowed to attend if their values align with the values of the conference.  I only met one other person who identified as NT during my time at Autscape and I learned so much from being in the minority group. It’s given me more insight into how much effort it takes to operate in a world that isn’t quite set up for how your own brain is wired. I’m so glad I went. I’m going to write more about Autscape later but I have a feeling that it may become a regular fixture in our calendar.

If you’ve managed to read the whole post  why not say a quick hello just to let me know you are still out there.

It’s good to be back.

Best wishes!

PS If you are the parent of an autistic child who has already headed off to university and have some hints and tips for making that process work well I’d love to hear from you. Or even better, if you are an autistic person who’s recently been to university I’d be really keen to interview you.

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12 thoughts on “Hello Again

  1. Good to hear from you, Lynne. Sure Communication Coaching will be really rewarding (and quite challenging).

  2. So glad you are back to blogging. I always find your blogs helpful and thought provoking. Welcome back!

  3. Hi lynne

    So glad your back writing your blog and interested in hearing more about autscape as never heard of this before.My son is 10 next week and has autism it might be a place i would like to take him to when older

    Looking forward to future post

    Best wishes
    Helen x

    • Thanks Helen. Autscape was a really interesting experience. Edward loved it and felt very much at home there. For me, I loved seeing how comfortable and relaxed Edward was but I found that I was the one out of the two of us who had a social communication problem, the one who didn’t quite fit in, the one who was tired out overthinking about what to say and how to say it and all because my communication skills were a bit different from the majority of the other people who were there. Anyway I will share more about this over the next few months. Best wishes.

  4. i have aspergers and m.e .i take part in a lot lot research

    my blog,http;//mark-kent.webs.com

    i am on twitter,supersnooper

  5. Welcome back, Lynne and good luck with the new business!

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