London Lions 005Dylan attended a National Autistic Society school as a day pupil from 11-19 and then a day centre for people with learning disabilities. He moved to an NAS home for adults in June 2015, shortly after his 21st birthday.

Dylan has a great sense of humour. He loves to go on holidays and trips and is passionate about the sea. Dylan’s special interests include films, books, cathedrals, steam trains and outdoor activities (ice skating, cycling, walking, climbing and swimming).

Knaresborough 015 Dylan loves his DVDs and videos and  is a big fan of Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Little Mermaid, Thomas the Tank Engine, Postman Pat and Polar Express. He also likes Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and the Studio Ghibli films.

Dylan loves art, books and music (you can read about his interest in art in this post) His eclectic taste in music includes Adele, Sting, Elvis Costello and Sophie Van Otter, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, Nick Cave, Imogen Heap, Florence and the Machine, Hozier, James Taylor and Beethoven. You can read more about Dylan’s interest in music, and listen to his playlist, in this post.

Dylan was diagnosed as autistic with intellectual and communication disabilities just before his second birthday. He doesn’t use speech to communicate but is becoming increasingly confident with language and has a few words which are recognisable.

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    • He is amazing – but I would say that I know 🙂 Dylan does have a few signs – some makaton signs that I’ve taught him and some that he has made up himself. I tried to introducing signing when Dylan was still very young and it didn’t work at all but a couple of years ago I sensed that he was perhaps more ready for it and tried again and it has been much more successful. I’ve written a couple of posts about Dylan’s signing which I think you could probably find through the search box on my blog. Thank you for reading and commenting,x

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    • Tan how marvellous! Is it really you? Oh what wonderful surprises this blog world can throw up! I have thought of you often over the years – remembering snatches of you minding Dylan in his first months and, of course, your camping visit after his diagnosis. As you see, Dylan has grown into quite the young man – he is very settled in his residential home now and I am slowly adjusting too 🙂 Lxx


      • You’ve been very much in my thoughts over the years too. I’ve often wondered how things were going and wished we were still in touch. Dylan sounds like an amazing young man and it’s great that you are both able to have some independence at last; though I guess that’s a scary, work in progress for the most part!
        During those few months that I minded Dylan, he made an indelible mark on my heart, more so than many children I’d had for a longer time. He was a gorgeous baby and a joy to care for.
        I look forward to reading further instalments of you blog xxx


      • Oh that’s lovely Tan, thank you. You had a very special role in our lives in those early weeks – I had no idea what to do with a baby and looked to you for advice on pretty much everything 🙂 Anyway, here’s my email address – be lovely to hear from you: E.Barrett@shu.ac.uk


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