A Grand Day Out – Sat 13th Sept 2014

By | September 13, 2014

I’ve written before about how D’s confidence has grown and she is less reliant on her buggy when walking around our village, today we took that a step further and she did BRILLIANTLY.

Yes, I have capitalised that because I am extremely proud of her.

We were heading to a birthday party at Thames Valley Adventure Playground or “Taplow” as SN children know it, which has to be in the top 5 of my places to go take the children. The inclusive environment, the fact that the children are safe and just able to play in soft play or run around the grounds laughing, everyone that is with someone who understands SN children so there are no stares, no whispers and no intolerance. It’s fab.

Because D knew exactly where we were going and the way in which we’d get there:
Walk to bus top
Bus into town, which stops opposite the station
Find the platform
Get on train
Off train and walk to TVAP

I decided not to take the buggy as we weren’t going into any shopping centres and just see how we got on.

The added bonus of no buggy on the bus was that we could sit at the back, we’ve never done that. Fortunately the bus wasn’t busy, for reasons which we’d find out later.

So, D on the bus, seeing much more than she normally would:


We got into town and yes, it was busy. The local premier league club were playing at their home ground so outside the station was awash with police and football fans. A tight hold of D was needed as she was very apprehensive about walking past all these people, but she did it. Her body language was very taut, I know this was a massive challenge for her.

Next was the purchase of train tickets and finding our platform. D has a fear of escalators so we had to use the stairs and lifts, not an issue as the station has recently had a major facelift and is now pretty disability friendly.

This is D on the train, eating her carrots from lunch, looking forward to the day:


Another walk to Taplow down a very fast road, which has a very narrow pavement, this is the only bit I really dislike about our journey. There isn’t room to walk two-aside on the pavement, with cars speeding past, it was a case of keep her in front of me and hope she didn’t get startled and step in the road (which did happen once today).

But we got there safely, she saw her friends and everyone had a fantastic time. Plenty of laughter, fun and a chance for us SN parents to catch up too, about 95% of children go to D’s school by transport so there isn’t school gate chat at all.

Taplow is a fantastic place, I really can’t recommend it enough. It’s run on donations and no, I don’t get a free day if I mention it, I mention it because it brings so much enjoyment to children who deserve the chance to just have fun and be themselves in a very secure, inclusive environment. Click here to visit their website.

A brilliant day and a major achievement for D, without the buggy, I’m not sure if she’s ready for a shopping trip in town without it, but that day is drawing nearer.

I hope everyone’s day has gone well Jx



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Coombe Mill (Fiona) on 15th September 2014 at 10:03 am.

What a massive milestone for D, I’m sure you were so proud. It’s great that you all got out with friends and had a lovely day in a place where no one made you uncomfortable. Popping in from Magic Moments.


Jeannette on 15th September 2014 at 11:16 am.

Thanks Fiona, it was lovely, really strange without the buggy at first but fab that she’s gaining so much confidence and ability to cope 🙂


Kim Carberry on 15th September 2014 at 10:05 am.

Aww! I know when I’m in town on football days I get worried and stressed so it’s a fantastic achievement for D!! Well done!! What a wonderful adventure x


Jeannette on 15th September 2014 at 11:17 am.

Thanks Kim, it felt a pretty mega achievement, she absolutely loved sitting at the back of the bus 🙂


Tarana on 17th September 2014 at 11:53 am.

This is definitely something to be proud of! It’s not easy navigating crowds, but she did so well. It’s good to know that you had a great day together 🙂 #SSAA


Jeannette on 21st September 2014 at 8:18 am.

Thanks, it was slightly nerve wracking for her but so proud of her 🙂


Redpeffer on 17th September 2014 at 12:43 pm.

Fantastic and no easy task. Well done D xx


Jeannette on 21st September 2014 at 8:19 am.

Thanks, it was a major step forward for her x


Caroline on 17th September 2014 at 5:41 pm.

What a great step forward, well done to D and to you! Taplow sounds like a fantastic place too 🙂 xx #ssamazingachievements


Jeannette on 21st September 2014 at 8:20 am.

Thanks Caroline, Taplow is a fab place, def one of our “happy places” 🙂


Emily Foran on 18th September 2014 at 4:20 pm.

What a fantastic achievement – I was beaming for you both just reading! xx


Jeannette on 21st September 2014 at 8:20 am.

Aww thank you x


Jane Roberts on 19th September 2014 at 12:04 pm.

What a fantastic achievement for D, such a big step too. Taplow sounds like a fantastic place, I wish they had something like that near us. I’m glad she had a great time at the party.

Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)


Jeannette on 21st September 2014 at 8:21 am.

Thanks Jane, it is a brilliant place, which we only found out about once she started at SN school, it’s well worth the trip 🙂


over40andamumtoone on 20th September 2014 at 6:37 pm.

That’s so fantastic, well done D x #SSAA


Jeannette on 21st September 2014 at 8:21 am.

Thanks, she did so, so well x


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