The Vital Space

I was aware of Linda sitting in her chair, searching the internet on her iPad. Despite being an adult with learning difficulties due to Williams Syndrome, she is also stubbornly independent and rarely asks for help. I had no idea what she was looking for on this occasion but to occupy her for this length […]

Stacking My New Tumble Dryer

Just over two years ago I moved house. The kitchen was already fitted, there was a utility room, but there was only space for one washing machine, no dishwasher, no tumble dryer. I could have got the builders in to make changes but instead I decided upon a technological solution and bought a combined washer-dryer. […]

Mum, They Won The Grand Slam

What a weekend! It was the culmination of the Six Nations rugby tournament and we have been watching with great interest over the last 2 months. Rugby is the national game of Wales. I love rugby. Linda loves rugby – and even as an adult with Williams Syndrome she is surprisingly knowledgeable and definitely gets […]

Oh What a Beautiful Morning!

There are real trials and tribulations living with and caring for an adult with Williams Syndrome. Of course, I’d known and loved my sister for over 40 years. We grew up together until I left home to go to university at 18. I knew what Linda was like but until she finally moved in to […]

Hit Em! and the Rewards of Persistence

We’ve been astounded by how much Linda is using her iPad. Before the purchase we were very uncertain. How much use would an adult with Williams Syndrome, who has many learning disabilities, get out of such a technologically sophisticated gadget? Anyway, last autumn we bought the most basic iPad in the range and Linda blew us […]

The Singing Cat

Linda has been diagnosed with anxiety. Like many, maybe a majority of adults with Williams Syndrome, Linda expresses signs of a diagnosable psychiatric condition. Unlike many adults with learning disabilities who share such conditions, Linda has been diagnosed, is receiving treatment and is improving as a result. Linda’s anxiety often manifests as teasing, taunting or […]

Musical Streams of Consciousness

I’m sure you are well aware that adults with Williams Syndrome are reknowned for their love of music… goes with the condition, somehow it’s in the genes. Linda is no exception. She loves all types of music in many different formats and she particularly likes singing. Today was one of those moments when the contrasts […]

Was that Dog Boysterous?

Linda loves people. Doesn’t every Williams Syndrome adult? Linda also loves the idea of having a dog for a pet. Well, I guess she’d really love having the dog for a pet but wouldn’t really want to walk the dog, clean up after the dog, generally any of the work of caring for a dog… […]

When Similar Worlds Collide

We’ve reached a sad moment. A friend who has worked closely with us for the last 6 years is leaving to return home. While we understand why and know we will keep in touch, we recognise this is a major turning point and have been anticipating the loss for some time. Quite amazingly, Linda suggested […]

Financial Miracles Do Happen

I last wrote about Linda spending money, money that wasn’t hers, money not in her budget. However this really was a rarity. She knew she had a wicked window of opportunity with a new and very naive support worker and she took it! More typically, over the last few weeks Linda has been saving money, […]