Sandy - Interview 1
Age at Interview:
Sandy, 38, lives with her two sons and is a full time carer. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.
Brief outline:Sandy’s older son, Joseph, aged 8, was diagnosed with autism one month before his second birthday. Her younger son, Adam, aged 6, was diagnosed with autism aged eighteen months. Both boys attend a special school which they enjoy.
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Did you compare his development with other children at that time before the diagnosis?
I think really if I think back I knew there was something not quite right from then. He started at the speech therapy and had been there a few weeks and one of the other mums, her child was in the speech therapy group as well. She said to me, “Do you think Joseph might be autistic”, and I said to her, “I have never even thought of it”. Which I hadn’t. I mean I thought obviously by then that with him being in speech therapy, I thought that there is something that is not right, may be he has got learning difficulties but autism is a condition I hadn’t considered at all.
We did look at direct payments and found it all a bit confusing with how you work out all the sort of monetary side of it. I’ve got people that would come and babysit for me but we actually use somebody from Social Services and it is somebody the boys … she actually works at the school where the boys go to as well and so she has known them for sort of five years, so I know she can cope. We could use two people at the same time as well which is still …
Is that within the two hours?
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