It's been the week of attending an interview for college. Mr T will end his time at his present setting where he has been really settled for three years now. So now it's time for a move and a big change.
I say interview but really it was just a chat for us to sit down and discuss Mr T's needs and whether the college could meet them to be able to support him. It was very thourough and I was impressed how they went into every detail really. This gave me as a parent reassurance that it was going to be the right place for him.
I think even on the initial visit before we decided it was a great place, it's like any other big decision, sometimes you just know when it feels right. I was a bit nervous on interview day, probably more so than Mr T. He needs a lot of support through this process. I don't know about you as parents but there is finding a balance of supporting and not answering for them too much.
I have always been conscience of this recently. I mean when he was younger it was easier but now Mr T is an adult, I want to let him speak up for himself but these things make you realise sometimes it is very hard for him. It's a situation where it brings home the reality of his autism and how vulnerable he is with his difficulties in communicating.
We got through though with amazing support from the college and he now has a place on a Pathway to Independence course. This course is very different from the one he is on at the moment as it will involve more practical life skills and no academic work. Mr T is happy and it's a move forward to starting in September.
Overall I felt really pleased with the process, how the college representative conducted the interview and we feel it is going to be the right course. If you are in a similar situation, don't worry it is always difficult talking through your child or your youngs persons needs. Some find it harder than others, some find it really easy but it gets the correct support in the end and that's what we all want.
Thank so much for reading today, I will be back tomorrow for Pass the Remote Sunday for for now.....
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