Words, words, words

This is a beautifully written and hugely informative blog. If you know of any parents of an autistic child, please forward this to them – it might change their lives.

From the Inside

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We never found out why Ian was hooked on the word Tuesday (‘From the Inside’, Chapters 4 and 6) but it should have been taken more seriously than it ever was. At the time, we just thought it strange and clever. An indication of something going on ‘inside’ that couldn’t easily be seen. What we should have realised was that our child had an instinctive understanding of words, an innate grasp of the patterns of words, that – had we but realised – would have made teaching him language a whole lot easier. I mean, let’s be honest, the lad knew the alphabet when he was 2, without being taught. Surely that should have been a clue?

I have hours of video footage of Ian when he was in class. Yes, I know, it was a nightmare for the therapists and reminded them of their worst moments at…

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About Neil van Dokkum

Neil van Dokkum (B. SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit) Neil is a law lecturer and has been so since arriving in Ireland from South Africa in 2002. Prior to that Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (a barrister) in 1992. He published three books in South Africa on employment law and unfair dismissal, as well as being published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. Neil currently specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from practice in 2002 to take up a full-time lecturing post. He has published three books since then, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). He is an accredited and practising mediator and is busy writing a book, with Dr Sinead Conneely, on Mediation in Ireland. His current interest is Ireland’s energy policy and its impact on the people and the environment. He is also researching the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.
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