this family life episode 4 : on teenagers and special needs

In the latest episode of the this family life I chat with Merridy who lives Hong Kong with her husband and four children aged 15, 12 and 11 year old twins. Her youngest son Thomas has cerebral palsy. He is a twin to Sophie and when they were born sadly he suffered a hypoxic event which resulted in brain damage. When he was around 18 months old he received the official diagnosis of CP: Level 5. Tom uses a wheelchair and an eye gaze device for all of his communication and schooling. He attends main stream school along with his sister Sophie. Merridy’s husband is a Boeing 777 commercial airline captain and travels constantly for his work, a bonus of which means plenty of opportunities for them to travel as a family.

With such a family set up, Merridy has much to share and just some highlights of the wisdom you will pick up:

  • The importance of friends in an ex-pat community
  • Managing homework and technology with kids
  • Tips for travelling with children with special needs
  • Apartment living with kids

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