Liz - Interview 2
Age at Interview:
Liz, 45, lives with her husband, a chicken farmer, and two of her three sons. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.
Brief outline:Liz’s son, Jonas, aged 11, has been diagnosed with epilepsy, ADHD and Asperger syndrome and Raphe, the youngest son, has Downs Syndrome. Jonas attends the local mainstream primary school but Liz is worried about the move to secondary school.
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So it’s helped and it has helped also a little bit at school because not long ago he was made to sort of write a story and of course if you sit there and say, “Oh can you please write a story about this”, he has no imagination so he finds it very difficult to sit down and write a story. And what he did was he enacted one of his battles from Runescape so which in turn he wrote a very, very nice sort of page. So of course then because he actually sat down and did that work so nicely, they gave him you know points and he then got to read it to the head mistress. So it kind of boosted his esteem. So I am very torn because as a parent I don’t want him to be on Runescape and computers all day long, but equally it is his world and if he is not on it, his behaviour is then, you know, bad because he will be hitting his brother all the time and poking him and annoying him. So it has kind of worked for everybody really, but I do feel a bit guilty as a parent of letting him be on the computer so long [laughs]. So guilt is a lot of it.
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