One Moment in Time with Tina Medlock

27 September 2017

Welcome to one moment in time, a guest posts series, where bloggers share the stories behind special or significant photographs. This month I am joined by the brilliant and award winning Tina Medlock who blogs at Joseph and his Amazing Spectrum Coat.

Blending two families together is hard but blending them together when one of the children has autism, could potentially bring a whole host of problems.

When my partner and I started our relationship, we were aware of the need to tread carefully with all of our children and knew that having a new partner is often difficult to accept. They recognised very early on though how much we cared for each other and that has been infectious. 

Although knowing very little about autism, my partner’s children treated Joseph as they should have; as Joseph. They did make allowances for him when appropriate; extra time to process information, considered what he would like to do when we went out and made sure it was something he could be involved in. 

Joseph has always struggled with interaction and forming relationships but my partner’s children have gradually teased it out of him. 

The first picture was taken on our first family holiday, entirely natural and instigated by Joseph. The second one was taken three years later and again capturing a natural moment. 

I look at these pictures and I see love, patience and a strong bond. So much so that Joseph now refers to them as his brother and sister without us ever saying that to him and his feelings are reciprocated.

Thank you for sharing this special moment with us Tina. I believe we can learn a lot about how to treat people from looking at how children do it. I loved this post! 

Read more from Tina here... where she describes the autism journey from diagnosis to present. It is funny, tearful and there is lots of swearing out loud.

Follow her on Twitter: ‎@JosephSpectrum  or Facebook: Joseph and his amazing spectrum coat

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