Firstly we would just like to say a big thank you to the Principle Trust for providing us with a free break at Marton Mere Blackpool this week. The Principle Trust is a North Yorkshire based charity which provides completely free holidays for disadvantaged children and their families, particularly those with additional difficulties such as long-term illness, violence, depression, disability or overcrowded and inadequate housing. These 3 holiday homes are sited at Haven`s Marton Mere Holiday Park in Blackpool. The Principle Trust provides a complete `Hassle Free` service providing the holidays completely free, ensuring as many children and their families can benefit from the trust. We are a family of 4 with our youngest child MacKenzie who is diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates and relates to other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. People with autism may also experience over or under sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours. You do really have to live with someone with ASD to really understand. When you have a child with ASD you realise how much the neurotypical child is taken for granted. The things the neurotypical child learns along the way are amazing, like a child intuitively learns to look to another persons eyes to see what that person is likely thinking about, the child learns to predict what that person might do next, which lays the groundwork for reading people`s intentions. They intuitively learn how to be a flexible thinker, understand jokes and idioms (It`s raining cats and dogs) and understand others feelings. Without even just these things makes life a whole lot different. Autism in the family does create difficulties but you just have to work harder and put in 100% more effort. I think for us as a family it has made us a stronger family unit……..yes its not easy but it has changed each one of us for the better and Mya is certainly growing up with a very caring and understanding nature.
Marton Mere really is a great place, and for us feels a safe and calm environment in which our children enjoy especially MacKenzie. There are no busy loud roads for him and the calmer outdoor environment makes him a lot more relaxed and less highly stimulated. Also being a caravan holiday Mackenzie can take more of his home comforts with him to make feel more secure.
Thank you again The Principle Trust Charity we had a great few days.
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