Well, as my own writing shrivels and dies (it’s ok, I’m just being dramatic) it’s nice to know that someone else’s is alive ‘n kicking. I spoke to Dylan’s English teacher this week, and she told me that Dylan is the sort of boy that makes her life easier as he responds so intelligently to poetry and stories. She scribed for him in his SAT’s and said she thought he did really well. Anyway, I know that my Dilly really enjoys English class and making up stories but it’s been a while since I’ve read anything of his. He spends his time at home talking about wrestling, playing wrestling games on his wii, watching wrestling on tv, and the only reading he does is reading wrestling magazines (fairly typical for a year 6 eleven year old boy I think.) Tonight he brought his schoolbook home, and I read this piece which he says is his best work yet. He told me that he spent 5 days writing it, and used a thesaurus to get some cool words. I may be biased, but wow. His prompts were to describe an island surrounded by sea with some animals and people on.

Pandemonium by Dylan Crowley

There was a dark storm with a crackle of lightning and a loud bang of thunder. The fire from the volcano was dripping down making a huge pandemonium. The young look out was experienced but had never seen anything like this before.

The wild pigs were searching for food, fighting for survival. The sea was getting rougher, it was like two colossal buildings smashing together. This dramatic scene was made worse as two eyes like yellow headlights were watching the whole time. Unnoticed by the people of the island the eyes disappeared behind the volcano.

The look out was exhausted, he had been working the whole day. He felt that he needed to stay awake. Superstitious that something, he was not sure what, was tracking him and the villagers.

Slowly even slower the beast emerged from the depths of the volcano. It seemed the whole of hell had unleashed its spirits.

The volcano erupted!!!

Ted and Dylan = Superstars! (aka The Power of the Mohawk)


Ted and Dylan’s school asked me if it was ok for the local paper to take photo’s of Ted and Dylan with the basketball trophy, and also if it would be all right to give the paper a bit of background info concerning their Dyspraxia. I discussed it with Ted and Dylan and they said fine. The local paper rang me and asked a few questions too. I assumed it would be a small good news story, but in fact discovered today that it is the front page. Blimey. Anyway, as far as we are concerned the more awareness there is about Dyspraxia the better. The headline is rather sensational, but if another child with dyspraxia, or a parent of a dyspraxic child, reads about this and feels a bit more hopeful and optimistic it will be great. Ted was a little unsure about revealing his difficulties because he tries very hard to disguise them, but when he saw the piece this morning he was chuffed to bits. Dylan is still in shock at being headline news!

I am copying and pasting, but the actual link is HERE

A FEW years ago, dyspraxic Rustington twins Ted and Dylan Crowley could not even walk in a straight line. Now they are sporting champions.
Basketball mad, the 11 year olds are members of Georgian Gardens Primary School’s boys team, which qualified for, and won, the Worthing Thunder schools’ competition on Saturday (18), at the British Basketball League club’s ground.

Mum, Sara, said: “Since he was three, Ted has been obsessed with basketball, and always wanted to win a trophy or medal. They are both over the moon.”

The school’s sport co-ordinator Sue Sunderland added that the pair had overcome all the odds, as they were told when they were five that they would never be able to take part in main-stream sporting classes or events.

Dyspraxia is a condition which affects co-ordination and organisation of movement, and is estimated to affect up to ten per cent of the population, and about two per cent severely, like Ted and Dylan.

“They find day-to-day things difficult,” said Sara, “like tying their shoelaces, getting dressed. They can’t open packets. They had to go through a lot of speech therapy, to get them to co-ordinate their tounges into the right position to pronounce words.”

It is something that will never go away, she said, but something they were learning to deal with.

“Seeing them standing up on Saturday, holding the trophy, was so emotional, ” said Sara, “Dylan has recently had his hair cut, and said the win was down to the ‘power of the mohawk’!”

Sue though, disagreed and said it was all down to hard work and determination on their part.

“When they first joined the school, I remember them trying out for the athletics team, and they couldn’t even get down the track in a straight line.

“They are so determined, and put themselves up for everything. I am so very proud of them.”

Full article available from paper.
Photo also from Littlehampton Gazette

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