Autism, lockdown and going viral for all the right reasons!

By Tanga Club Hexham | April 03 2020

Autism, lockdown and going viral for all the right reasons!

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    Hi! I hope you’re all holding it together and staying safe…

    I haven’t written anything in a while, due in part to there being no actual Tanga goodness to convey due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, but also because following the closure of schools in England, life has taken over IN A BIG WAY.

    So this is going to be more about how we as a group have been coping with the sudden closure of our club, and what we’re doing to “keep the dream alive” while we are absent.

    The postponement of Tanga Club came at a time when we had some really exciting plans in the pipeline. We will still follow our plan, but have had some time to step back, reflect and perfect how to go about it. We’ve got backing from some brilliant people and made connections with lots of groups and organisations who share our vision and want the best for our children and families – just as we do.  So on we go, squirrelling away in the background. Nothing will stop the progress we are making, not even Coronavirus! We will be back with the club and much, much more once this is all over.

    Personally speaking, this lockdown is a tough one. My own son has Autism and ADHD and he has understood scientifically what is going on, but can’t see why we wouldn’t just “kill” the virus and be on with our daily lives. The mixed messages about whether you’re allowed to drive to go to exercise or not hasn’t helped, as he gets on better in far flung locations with fewer people. We have kept in touch with as many people as we could but he misses the good friends he used to spend time with and this is hard for him – for all of us. I know I can speak for the rest of the Committee when I say that this is an extremely difficult situation for all of us, being stuck in the house is a test all on it’s own but our children need a lot of reassurance and calming, and entertaining them is not generally the same as entertaining mainstream children!

    On a positive note, we decided that it would be a great idea to try and share the positive message of Tanga around on social media, so we produced a short video to lighten the mood during these pretty dark times. The video features some of our Tanga families (I was very surprised at how many of us are camera shy!) and has so far been viewed over 10,000 times. If you’d like to take a look you will find it here:

    The things we do to entertain ourselves during lockdown!

    Stay safe, and we look forward to being back as soon as we can! – Katherine <3

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