To be honest I love a drama! I don't actually think it would matter what it was about, any things better than crappy nation street right?
It's like watching a really fast paced (dream) movie of my life. I say dream because let's face it if you've been in the system with a child with autism you'll take the SALT, and the Paediatrician input scenes as something you saw whilst having one of those moments in make believe land, dreaming up rare scenarios of how to get your child diagnosed quicker! (It's not like that at all) I mean, going from diagnosis to homeschooling within three days is just utterly unrealistic; I'm not slating the programme, awareness is awareness after all! But the portrayal that all families can get a visit into a SEN school at the click of a finger, or a referral from an out of county paediatrician to a leading SALT is just utter make believe! Unless of course they are paying for all of this privately. (Which there has been no mention of!)
It's like fitting a whole five years into 6 episodes, which I imagine is pretty hard. And I guess as its a drama some things are going to a bit unrealistic. Even so, still, I love a good drama.
It highlights the ups and downs a family can have, it highlights some symptoms of autism, even though it doesn't explain any of these symptoms in the plot, they are still there. Laid bare for all to see. The way his dad succumbs to his meltdown and gives him back his music, rubs his back and tells him it's ok even though he's just trashed the living room. This is what happens in our families, we look like soft touches, they look like spirit children with all the control. It's not that! These children need safety, they need their world to fit together nice and neatly, they like what they like. So he has no interest in books, or reading or puzzles? So what? He is a genius with music! Let him be. If that's his safe space, his calming source, who are we to take that away? If you can find a balance in life then good, great go for it, but if you can't for now? The safe space is fine, you'll work it out. So will they I'm sure. (Prob on episode 6)
Just for the record, parents of autistic children don't allow them to wander around aimlessly on their own. Our children live in their own little world, and they find it hard to put theirselves in the shoes of others, so it's hard for them think about the consequences of his actions, why it might be wrong and how others are feeling as a result of their actions. They don't think, they do. I can't tell you how many times I've had near on heart failure when lolly goes wandering, I've even found her walking off out of a park with another family and their baby oblivious of what might happen! We need an extra pair of everything with autistic children.
I still like it............ Do you?
Love J X