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    • Happy stuff

      I carry teddy bears around with me if I worry going out with people, or I'm feeling sad worried or angry and it helps me stay happy. Photo books, toys, teddy bears for me. Cartoons, CD DVDs films movies. Happy stuff

    • Special photo

      I sleep with my special photo, then if at night when I'm not as comfortable around the staff or not happy in my self then I sleep with the picture of people who I am happy around. 

    • You can ring my bell

      When the little boy I look after got a bit too grown up for a baby monitor, but still needed help sometimes at night, I got him a wireless doorbell to use to call me.

    • Preparing rucksack

      When preparing a pump feed rucksack, use the strap at the top to hang it from a kitchen cupboard handle, it keeps the bag upright and leaves two hands free to thread the tubes through.

    • Disco shower

      I've bought a multi-coloured shower head on Amazon. The shower head flashes different coloured lights while the water is turned on. My son, who previously hated washing, loves it now! 

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