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As well as being a freelance writer I am also a qualified counsellor and I work for a low cost counselling service in Exeter and for the NHS Gender Clinic also in Exeter.

Simultaneously, I work as a Disability Member of the First Tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber sitting on disability benefit tribunals on an ad hoc basis.

As a writer I specialise in writing about disability and health.

My articles have been published in the Guardian, Times, OUCH! [BBC disability website], Disability Now, Broadcast, Lifestyle [Motability magazine], The Practising Midwife, 'Junior, Pregnancy & Baby', Writers' News, Able, Getting There [Transport for London magazine], Junior, Community Care, DPPi [Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International]. I have also had articles commissioned by Daily Mail.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ben at 15 months old - starts walking

OK he's not the youngest ever baby to start walking but seeing has we had to wait 2 and 1/2 years for Archie [who has the same disability as me, whereas Ben doesn't] to start walking it is pretty amazing to us.

Also the difference with Archie was that he actually started cruising when he was about 1 but just hung on to furniture for ages, then started pushing his trolley toy along and just wouldn't quite let go until he was absolutely stable. My guess was it was a protective mechanism because falling over would probably hurt him more than a non disabled child.

The weird thing with Ben is that all you have to do is get him up onto his feet, walk with him that first step, then when you let go he just keeps on walking!

I know it's probably all 'normal' for everyone with 'normal' children but it's all new for us! And it's another sign of how different our two children are because one has a disability and the other doesn't.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, Emma, my Mattia at 20 months starts walking:)