Connecting Us: Bailey Kinsella
In this regular feature, we get to know a bit more about the Unity College learners and their families. If you’d like your family to be featured, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This month we get to know more about Bailey Kinsella in the Junior phase.
Dad’s name and occupation
Connor – Architect
Mom’s name and occupation
Kim – Injection Moulding
Siblings’ names and ages
Sister Jade, 14 years' old
How long has Bailey been at Unity College?
What talents, hobbies or interests does Bailey have?
She loves flags, especially the SA flag and the world cup anthem “Give me Freedom” (you may have heard her singing it), she loves water, is an outdoors child and Trolls is her new favourite movie and she is learning how to ride a bicycle.
What fun activities do you like to do as a family?
Eating pizzas, spending time in our garden, swimming and going on holidays.
What therapies or interventions have benefitted Bailey the most?
I think the holistic approach of physio, OT and Speech have had great benefit over the years and finding Unity College.
What are your dreams for your child?
There are many when you have a special needs child but mostly that she always feels loved and accepted no matter what her abilities are.
Young Activist has Aspergers Syndrome
Sixteen year-old Greta Thunberg is a Swedish climate activist. She is known for having initiated the School Strike for Climate movement that formed in November 2018 and surged globally. On 15 March 2019, an estimated 1.4 million students in 112 countries around the world joined her call in the striking and protesting. Another event is scheduled for 24 May 2019.
Greta said she first heard about climate change at the age of eight, but could not understand why so little was being done about it. At age 11, she became depressed and stopped talking. Later on she was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and selective mutism. She added that selective mutism meant she was speaking only when she needed to and that “now is one of those moments”; and that being on the Autism spectrum was an advantage “as almost everything is black or white”.
Greta has received various prizes and awards for her activism. In March 2019, three members of the Norwegian parliament nominated her for the Nobel Peace Prize.