Day 5 – Education – #Blogtober17

Here we are on Day 5 of #Blogtober17 and todays prompt is Education. If you’d like to catch up with my other posts so far you can here.

education, autism, special needs

Back in the day… I was a bit of a rebel and didn’t really like school. My rubbish GCSE results reflected that. I really regret not knuckling down now.

When my son got a diagnosis of Autism I wanted to know everything there was to know about it. I bought books and googled lots but I wanted more. So I signed up with the open university and took part in a course called Understanding the Autism Spectrum. I loved it. It was so in-depth it confused the hell out of me at times, especially the part about how the brain works. I hasten to add I passed with flying colours! For the first time in many many years I was incredibly proud of myself!

A few years down the line I came across another course, this time a Diploma on Autism Awareness. That was a fairly quick course but still incredibly informative and interesting. I passed that too! 🙂

I really love learning now. Especially as I get to pick the things I learn about which is a big thing I think. At school (other than when you take your options) you don’t get to choose what you learn. A curriculum needs to be followed. I found most of it boring. I was an idiot!

Once Fraser is a bit bigger and I get a bit more time to myself I am going to learn more. I don’t know what subject yet but I want to learn more. I did set out to get an Open Degree with the open university but our finances just wouldn’t stretch to it. Plus I barely get time to scratch my backside these days so finding time to study would be impossible.

I might not have wanted to know when I was 15 years old but now I am eager to get those brain cells working again! I’m hurtling towards 40 years old and want to better my knowledge.


Did you further your Education after school or take part in any learning in adulthood?




8 thoughts on “Day 5 – Education – #Blogtober17

  1. I think it’s great that you returned to education as an adult – just shows that not everybody develops at the same rate, sometimes a love of learning will come back when you least expect it! I did well at school and still love learning, I’ve studied with Open University previously and I love doing online courses with FutureLearn and generally learning new things.

  2. Well done on your achievements that is awesome! I have been looking to take a course on Autism too as we are in the closing stages of the umbrella pathway assessments with our youngest and I feel like I want to know everything to help understand and nurture him, I might look into the ones you mentioned! ? #Blogtober17

  3. That was my biggest issue with school too and why I did better at college and uni than I ever did at school! That ambition to learn will run off on your kids too, be sure of it!

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