I am the proud granny of 5 grandchildren. One of them a 6-year-old boy has Autism. He is non-verbal and has an awful lot of sensory issues. He was diagnosed 2 years ago. It was a very difficult time for all of us. None of us knew what to say or how to help. I offered to mind him 3 mornings a week so my daughter could do a course. But I was at my wits end. He was so hard to mind. I had no idea what he wanted and would give him anything to just keep him happy. I soon learned that there is a thin line between autism and boldness. It was very hard to talk about his behaviour with my daughter as she instantly became upset and defensive. She was very sensitive about his diagnosis.
Sheelagh McCann came very highly recommended to me, and they were not wrong. From seeing Sheelagh I learned how to manage my grandsons’ behaviour much better. I also learned a lot about myself and my relationship with my daughter and what she was going through. I was so relieved that I could actually help. My whole family benefited and learned from the work I was doing with Sheelagh. I often hear her voice in my head and her little gems of wisdom when I’m faced with a difficult family situation and these are not always about autism. I don’t know where we would be if I had not met her. I go back to see her every couple of months and really look forward to it. The word thank you just doesn’t say enough.