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Why I love NERJA!

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Photo from Life Adventures, Nerja
Every May the Hammie family get on a plane and head for Nerja, a little town about an hour east of Malaga, on the Costa Del Sol.

We have done this every year since 2003 after I swore I would never take an Irish Summer Holiday again.
I know I know - when you get the weather there is no better place.
But my souvenir of our week in Kerry in 2002, was a weather proof jacket.
So Slan to the South West and Cead Mile Costa!



Being an autistic family, we went to the place that the 3 generations of Hammies had been going to for 20 years - Capistrano - And we keep going back.

The first year we booked a package. But after that found it easier to book a villa independently through Owner's Direct, and found that flying on scheduled flights, and renting a car privately at the airport was a whole lot better than the package and waiting experience for our kids.

We usually go in May, because it is pleasantly warm, and not too busy as everybody else is still in schoo…

Holiday re-run; Reality is shaped by our senses

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Bratty enjoying some sensory time in the pool Boo and a hose in the little splash pool in the back garden of the villa


Boo underwater - pretty much the whole time he is in the water, he is under it!



Bratty´s version of LaLa - July 2008
Another Holiday Re-run, from July 2008; Reality is Shaped by our Senses My Year 10 English teacher once said "reality is shaped by the senses" He wanted us to think about how our reality might differ from another, depending on our perception.

And here I am 25 years later, trying to understand it in relation to my kid's autism.

I am not a recent convert to this idea. My Boo's first good teacher tried to explain it to me a bit when we were going through the clothes and shoes stage. Boo was very keen on wearing a pair of riding boots which were at least one size too small, and at the same time preferred to be naked from the minute he walked inside our flat. He would wear clothes to go out, but we had issues with sleeve lengths and types of …

A different shade of normal.

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Another re-run: from the webcafe on Ria Monica. Originally published February 08:


I was having brunch with a friend again today; and yes, I do love a good brunch (or lunch).

We were reflecting on how much progress her son had made since diagnosis and the beginning of acquiring "a service".
She was remembering a time when they couldn't go anywhere as a family as they might potentially come across any of the obsessions that her son had, and couldn't prevent him from indulging. Whereas now, with some structured intervention, huge progress in their son's development and an improved understanding of his diagnosis themselves; they had more flexibility in their life.

They were, in other words, a whole lot closer to a grade of normal that most people with typical children take for granted.

I was really happy for her. No matter how mild or severe a child's autism or other needs are, they are the worst that you have ever had to deal with and we must always make allowances f…