Jeanine - Interview 46
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Jeanine, a local authority employee, lives with her daughter aged 11 and son aged 8. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.
Brief outline:Jeanine’s son was diagnosed with autism when he was five years old. He attends a mainstream primary school with support and has made good progress at school.
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So yes, sometimes there are little signs there. Sometimes when you have got a busy life and, you know, you work full time and you know you don’t have as much time with the children as you would like, you don’t always pick up on the signals early enough but intuitively I felt there was something that wasn’t quite as it should be but I really couldn’t put my finger on it. And that is partly because his speech is so good. Whether that is because when he was younger I spent so much time reading to him, I just don’t know. I just don’t know why.
It has not been an easy experience someone said it was meant to be trying to teaching me patience. I am not a very patient person at times. I suppose my love for Robert, I suppose that is the main thing that keeps me going through because I just love him and he is a lovely boy and I love his sister and I love, you know I just want them to be both happy and just have the opportunities and chances that I have had in life. My Mum and Dad have been really very supportive towards me. I couldn’t do what I am doing now, I couldn’t do any of it without them. I mean they have just been absolutely fantastic, they have been so supportive and so brilliant.
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