Sunday, May 31, 2009

Rhode Island, 2009: Adrian's heightened phobia.

We are back home again after our nine day vacation to Rhode Island with Adrian. The trip went fairly well with only a couple of minor incidents from Adrian. The weather was fine. We were able to sit and relaxe on the beach for three or more days, and to have long walks along it. Only on the Friday did we have rain, and that was while we were on the catamaran ferry from New London, CT to Block Island. The rain had stopped by the time we got to the island.
Rhode Island is well worth going back to. We visited an aquarium at Mystic, Ct, a zoo at Providence, RI, took a harbour cruise at Newport, RI and the ferry to Block Island. The bull frog is one of the animals exhibited at the aquarium. The three happy folks on the ferry are Anne, Adrian and I. Its unusual to have us all in the same picture.
While waiting for the harbour tour we met up with a retired couple from our English home town! Its a small world.
Anne and I are meeting with staff from Tamir tomorrow. (Tamir is the agency that looks after him.) Adrian exhibited an exacerbated fear of heights during our stay. He has been afraid of heights from his teens. During this trip he was even more fearful of going up and down the stairs to our second floor appartment at the resort we stayed at. He would cling to both sides of the stair well as he made his way down, and would stand facing the wall at the top of the stairs when he ascended. On one occasion he was sick to his stomach when he got to the top. The stair well, walls and railing were all grey. Perhaps he could not distinguish where each began and ended. We will ask for advice tomorrow.
The main purpose of the meeting is to review the program Tamir has with Adrian. This is an annual review of his POP (Personal Outcome Plan). We have been through this review process several times and are pleased with its purposes.


  1. I'm glad you had a good time, but I'm sorry to hear of Adrian's phobia. I hope it all gets sorted out so that he can be happy with heights.

  2. what a terrible thing for him! hopefully there will be ways to make his fear more manageable. i'm glad your trip was well over all!

    to answer your question, you are more than welcome to post a link to my blog anywhere you like. i started the blog acouple of years ago to promote my work, but since january of this year it has become something more, and my hope is to be able to help other parents if i can.

    thank you John.`