Taking the Plunge
Finally, after non-stop talking for more than 12 months, Ian is ready to take the plunge in his tandem paraglide debut.
"Ian has his own bench in school. He also has Aspergers Syndrome.
Three years ago he wanted to do a tandem paraglide, but he had to wait a whole year 'til our next holiday. After 12 months of non stop talking about it, we were finally off to Austria. His suitcase was crammed with his most treasured possessions - never mind clothes.
Finally the day for his paraglide arrived and I don't know who was more scared, him or me. He'd been gone for over three hours when as last I spotted this yellow speck in the distance. It was Ian floating through the sky with a beaming smile that lasted for the rest of our holiday.
I have always known that he's different from other bous but I didn't know why. Ian didn't know why he was bullied. Everybody told me I had a spoilt naughty boy, but I knew different. Eventually Ian walked out of school and refused to return. He had a lonely year at home, with only one friend who helped him through this dreadful time.
Ian's interests often take over the whole family because we always have to be close by in case things go wrong, and believe me if they do go wrong - they go wrong BIG TIME! It's snooker and snowboarding at the moment and he says of he can't be Welsh snooker champion he'll settle for a snow boarding instructor.
A few weeks ago Ian was 14 and he had his first proper birthday with 'friends'.
Sometimes, when things aren't quite going quite right for him I just want to give him a big hug and make things better, but all he wants to do is be alone. That's why his new school has given him his own bench. It's his sanctuary where he can go to be by himself and calm down. It's simple, but it works."