We had Archie’s annual review last week. At the end the head asked us what we felt was important for Archie in the future. My answer was quite simple, he has to be able to get out and access life. To do this it is essential that he learns to behave appropriately, particularly in public (which of course can be aided by better communication etc etc).
So onto this week and it’s half term. We’ve had our moments; a rather noisy public meltdown when we had a difference of opinion about where we were heading for example, but in general he’s relatively easy to get out and about, especially if I have a helping hand from a PA courtesy of direct payments.
So far we’ve headed to the beach (of course) where Archie accosted Tim the surf coach and helped himself to his car. And we’ve been on the Plymouth Wheel and skipped happily along the Hoe (until we had our difference of opinion). For now his behaviour is manageable. Of course the tut tut brigade will always tut but most of the time he behaves in a way that I think is acceptable. We’re aware that could change and I remain an enthusiastic supporter of The Challenging Behaviour Foundation. They do good work, and provide some excellent resources.
For the moment we enjoy the good times and assume they’ll continue.