Today we ventured to John Lewis for school shoes and I have to admit we had a really great experience. I always dread these fittings (I’ve never met a parent who didn’t dread these even a little). Today I phoned in advance and was told a lady called Judy who was (personally) experienced in Asperger’s and trained in shoe fitting would meet me. A car journey, a meltdown about the car, a dodgy lift and an alarm in the technology department later, and we arrived and were taken to a side room. She was amazing. At one point things were going so smoothly I felt guilty for taking her time up, but then the mood changed, he started bouncing off the walls and I was suddenly so grateful for this angel of a lady! She was calm, playful, kind and super friendly. Levi fell a bit in love I think. She even helped me get Elsie fitted and try on Levi’s school trousers as he was jumping up and down repeatedly whilst hitting his head in the changing room. Perhaps a step too far in one trip!? As I thanked Judy from the bottom of my heart we both shed a tear and a smile and she told me that her own son with Asperger’s had just left for uni. So grateful for this wonderful lady, even if the shoes cost us the earth!
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I am, primarily a Christian. I am also the mum of our wonderfully creative and dynamic (highly functioning) but beautifully autistic school aged boy Levi and our crazy extroverted people person toddler Elsie. I'm a keen advocate about truly honest community parenting. I'm truly passionate about Horticultural Therapy, hoping to see it prescribed by the NHS increasingly in the coming years. I spend my spare time (what spare time?) doing voluntary School Gardening at my sons mainstream school down the road. I'm completing my training this year as a Lead Forest School Practitioner with FSE. I'm the wife to a busy active shift worker, Andy. I do a bit of craft (not as well as I'd like) including some crochet which people have started paying me for (much to my surprise)! I'm keen to share conversations with you all on all of these things, and more. Join me on the journey as I dare greatly.