Not so long ago I saw an advertisement for a course on autism, not just a plain old course BUT one that was 'Cutting Edge'. I debated about attending! Let's face it, my child is 12 years old and I have been to a few conferences.... BUT this one was 'Cutting Edge'!!
If I did go, it would mean leaving my family for two nights. It would mean taking a plane. I would have to hire a car and drive around Johannesburg (which in itself can be a bit scary!). I would be all by myself. Hang on a minute, I could meet my friend Sarn for lunch.... at SANDTON!! I could stay with my lovely friend Brenda! I could also meet up with two Durban friends at the course. The more I thought about it, the more I thought how can I miss the opportunity to attend a course on autism, especially when I could also have some fun and perhaps do a little bit of shopping!
Therefore, I duly left my family to sort themselves out! Did they manage? I don't know ~ I didn't bother asking!! :)
Anyway, back to the course.....
Our day was jampacked full of speakers, covering a variety of topics. I am not going to give you a blow by blow account of it all, otherwise this will turn into an extremely long post! Excluding breaks, we sat for just over seven hours *listening*, shuffling in chairs, sneaking out for a quick loo break, whispering to the neighbours, sucking on mints, rummaging through the handouts, checking out who was wearing what!
To be honest, I have to say that the course was NOT cutting edge and although the speakers seem like really nice people, their lectures were just a bit out of date! I can't really expand on that, otherwise I am sure to be shot down in flames!!!!
However, I do have one thing to comment on! How could I not!
I was quite excited when the following was mentioned by one of the speakers (in fact, I pinched it from the handout!).