Ooh la la, it's my first blog post on the new Share site! June has been a busy month for our household. Hubby has been busy teaching summer school and a college class. He is enjoying teaching adults for a change, big difference. D has been doing a lot of summer reading which is also helping him with his speech. We're hearing more smooth sounds. He's been so good as he's had to come with me to T's therapies. June has been filled with extra therapies and July will mirror the same schedule as will this coming school year. We have about 7 weekly therapies right now: speech, feeding, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and music. Some of these are twice a week and ALL of his in-home switched to in-clinic. One of the new clinics is only about a 10 - minute drive, so it's really nice. It's with the same therapists too. A lot more scheduling and a bit more to keep track of, but what's another binder? I just sent off an application for equine therapy. T LOVES horses!
Am I going to homeschool long-term? He isn't going to be around other children, aren't you worried about socialization? You aren't preparing him for the real world. All I know about autism is from that show Parenthood. And the comments keep on coming . . . I don't know what's going to happen down the road. I can only focus on right now. I WORRY about the future to the point where I think I'll be giving this house to T because it is familiar to him and he might have a better chance of living independently! Yeah, he's only 5 years old and that's where I am in my head some days. T is super smart and picks up information so fast! I make him order the pizza when we go out and soon he'll be figuring the bill. We're lucky that we have a typical child at home to serve as a peer model as the boys are just 20 months apart. T does really well in smaller groups. When he's relaxed, we hear so many more words and he's so much happier! We had a pool play date yesterday and T sounded so "normal."
We are learning as we go. I find it a bit interesting that T's Kinder teacher is no longer listed on the school's website or any other school in the District. For us, it's another sign that we are making the best decision for our kiddo.
Busy, busy, busy! I love that you are thinking about right now. It's all you can do. Of course we can't help but worry about the future but knowing that if we take care of now the future won't be so daunting when it gets here is half the battle.
Your kids are lucky to have such a devoted mom.
Thinking of you,
It is busy, isn't it? But you're doing it all for him. And it won't be like this forever. We are learning with Ethan too. And his therapist reminded me he will grow up. We won't always be in this particular place of development. When I get ahead of myself, stressing about middle school, high school, and beyond, in my mind he is just as he is now. But he won't be. He will grow up. One day, one hour, one breath at a time, my friend.
Lindsay: You are really busy... How lucky is T to have such a dedicated mother, look all the therapies that will help him in the future.... Even thinking about his future home.... you are exceptional! I used to think super and different things were great, I even like odd things, but I have learnt that "normal" is so wonderful and so needed...
Each and every time I read your blog posts I am always so amazed at all you do for your boys. Your devotion to them is nothing short of inspirational. :)
Your such a great mom Lindsay I don't think you should worry about what anyone else says. You will know when and if its right to main stream him again. As parents we just can't help but think about the future, even if all that matter is the here and now. I have missed you since the site has been down. I thought that might be the shove you needed to get facebook. :D Lol. I can't wait to see you in September! Better start planning what monument we're going to go searching for in the middle of the night!
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