Quinns is a 4-year-old boy. He likes vehicles; trains (especially Thomas) and now helicopters! He loves to swim and play in the park with his friends. His favourite TV programme is the Octonauts and he loves to eat cake and custard. Above all else he adores his 9-year-old Big Sister.
He’s just like any other little boy except that he has quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy (CP). At the moment he’s unable to sit up without help (non-mobile) and has no easily recognisable words (non-verbal) but he definitely makes his feelings known!
This blog is a place to share our everyday family life, the challenges we face and hopefully raise some awareness of the issues surrounding disabled children. Before Quinns came along I really had no idea.
I have also written articles/ stories for the following websites:
- Teach us too ‘Sharing Stories Quinns’ – http://www.teachustoo.org.uk/quinns/
- Scope ‘Communication without Words’ – https://community.scope.org.uk/discussion/63833/communication-without-words
- Rollin with Mama ‘Campaigning for a roundabout’ – http://rollinwithmama.com/campaigning-for-a-roundabout/
- A24 Scotland ‘The Start of a journey’ – https://a24scotland.wordpress.com/2019/11/26/the-start-of-a-journey/
- A24 Scotland ‘A special School’ – https://a24scotland.wordpress.com/2020/11/11/a-special-school/
I have recently found reading very helpful. Here are some of the books I have read:
- Eye can talk by Jonathan Bryan
- Raising a rare girl by Heather Lanier
- Tender by Penny Wincer
- What the **** is normal? by Francesca Martinez
- Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann
- What can a body do? How we meet the built world by Sara Hendren