A huge well done done to my eldest son this week as I attended his end of year presentation at college. I was one proud mum sitting there as I watched him go and collect his certificate for his achievements.
In fact I was not only emotional for my son but for all the young people who were there. I loved hearing about the individual stories of how they started with very little confidence and their struggles which then turned into these massive goals and achievements. A lot of the students were leaving this college to go and pursue other courses elsewhere or take on apprenticeships which is just fantastic.
All these young people had additional needs and my goodness it doesn't half feel good not just from their point of view as I saw their faces fill with pride and the biggest smiles receiving their well deserved rounds of applause but from a parents point of view too. I could actually sit back and think, yes it was the right choice for my son to attend here and it has all been worth it. Phew. One of those 'Yes' moments as a parent.
My son will go on to continue for another year in his Pathway to Independent Living where he not only studies Maths, English and IT he also learns vital life skills such as how to manage money, personal hygiene and cooking. He loves cooking and is even having a chance to explore his Art which is has a passion for too. We do reap the benefits of his cooking - nice cookies this week son!!! yummy!
So a big well done to all the students and I hope this sends out a little positive feeling to all those who have their children in education. Big things are possible. These young people were being praised for great building work in construction, fabulous hair design and beauty work in real working salons also their caring and sensitive nature and skills within Health and Social Care. So lovely to see and I'm going to go now before I blub again with immense pride.
Even with the biggest obstacles our young people will find their niche and bloom, a bit like a flower - great things grow from tiny little seedlings.
Thanks for reading today......go on, come back tomorrow for my telly talk on Pass the Remote Sunday......you know you want to. Take care for now.
Every Saturday I will be talking about Autism and will review any useful information which may have been highlighted at any support groups in the week.