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This week I’ve started the article about sm and further eduction but it’s more difficult than I thought it would be! What course can you do when you might not be able to speak? And what help is out there? I’ve emailed a few companies who offer courses to ask what the options are for people who may struggle with talking and I’m waiting to hear back so will pick up the article again next week once I’ve had some replies. On the plus side, I did get a friendly reply from a man from Anxiety UK who said he had spent 20 minutes looking for more info on sm in adults and agreed there’s not much out there! I replied with a few questions asking about further education so hopefully they will come back with some good advice for us.
I know it’s difficult but it can be done. I did a NVQ in business and administration about seven years ago now and although I did struggle communicating with others my age on the same course I surprised myself at how relaxed I felt in the actual work placement where I spent most of my time. The people in the department I was in were so friendly and understanding and I got a bit upset on my last day when I’d finished the course and had to leave. They had decorated my desk with balloons and confetti, it was so nice to feel a part of the team and definately helped my confidence in looking for a full time job.
Has anyone else had any experience with NVQs, online courses or volunteering that would mind sharing how they got on or any teachers who have advice on where to go for help? Or are there any other further education options for our overseas members I can add in?
This week I’m starting an article on research about parent-led CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). It’s interesting how that by changing our thinking we can change the way we react to certain situations and as a parent/carer is normally with the child for the majority of the time it makes sense that they be able to help the most. Recent research has shown that parent-led CBT done in the home environment can work just as well as CBT done in the therapist’s room.
Please keep sending in any articles, comments or photos for the magazine. We’ve got a great collage of all our ‘what makes us smile’ photos that I’m quite excited about! I’ve updated the I Want To Help page with a form so you can send in any comments or short articles straight from there if that’s easier. Also coming soon will be a funny photo caption competition – I’ll let you know more next week.
Thanks everyone and have a good Sunday!