About the time school ends, I might be in the swing of the new school year! And we aren’t even doing any extracurricular activities. Just about when I got the therapy schedule nailed down, our amazing team of therapists found after-school appointments (which are a priority – we started the year still in time slots that cut into his school day). So the schedule changed again. But we are getting there! Sloooooooowly……..
How are you doing on getting back to school (as we roll into November)?
I actually drew a chart for myself reminding me of priorities for our unique family:
We thought it might never happen! After years of our son on the spectrum violently resisting riding a bike, he accomplished this milestone with his usual lack of flair and fanfare…convincing me he’s known how to do it for a long time and just wanted to be absolutely solid in the new skill before revealing it.
Before school today, he simply got on the bike and….started riding. And he rides a 2-wheeler like a pro. There’s no wobbling or falling. He’s outta here.
We are at the end of a 2-week visit in our home from the grandparents—which also coincided with back-to-school. Having guests always has its ups and downs with our child on the spectrum (it’s a change in routine for sure). In addition to managing my child’s anxiety about changes, I find myself managing the grandparents’ uncertainty about approaching my son with Asperger’s—and I get it that his reactions are sometimes unexpected and even downright hurtful.
Often, other moms ask how I knew my son was on the autism spectrum. I can share our story, but I can’t reassure them that it was a set of very obvious things. Every diagnosis story is unique. It’s important to trust your instincts with your child and seek out information, screenings and early interventions. We can say that is the key reason our family is thriving today.
So, here’s our autism story….
Figuring out activities that work for both an autistic 6-year old and a typical 4-year old can be a challenge. But I’m surrounded by a lot of creative moms and I’ve learned a few things.
I feel like (positive and negative) awareness of special needs is at an all-time high and I encourage families with children with special needs to get comfortable with getting out with your kids of all abilities. Continue reading