I wanted to tell you about my son Philip's upcoming end of year recital (which is also the end of four years of a music degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich). Philip is a percussionist who plays many instruments, such as Marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, glockenspiel and metallophone. When he went away four years ago, it was his first time away from home without me. You can imagine the things that were running through my head; how was he going to cope with buses, trains, timetables, sharing a flat, eating, shopping, cooking...? Oh how my head hurt!
Now, four years later, through many trials and tribulations, exultations and minor upsets, he has emerged out of his chrysalis to become the butterfly we always knew was. With the very best of support from GAD (Greenwich Association for the Disabled) he has learnt many life skills, been supported emotionally when things went wrong and always had his PA and now best friend Emmanuel Ogbua there, to watch his performances, when we could not attend.
I thought that it would be quite nice to share this with people. Music is Philip's life. He once told me "Music is a language that I can understand mum. It speaks to me. I can hear it". How eloquently put and at that time he had severe behaviour issues and was only nine years old! I could write much, much more but will stop now. I just wanted to let you all know of his success and to say that with the right support people with autism can fulfil their potential.