This blog was initially set up as a means of communicating with my son's team. Since then, I've heard from other parents with similar stories. If you are living with challenges or journeying alongside someone who is, you are not alone. There are many of us. I'm a single adoptive Mom ( of a young man who lives with many abilities and many diagnoses. We have journeyed together through many challenges and a few adventures over the years as my son has tried to find space in this world that makes him feel more comfortable, an attempt made especially difficult when living with Attachment Disorder, PDD-NOS (Autism), Developmental Coordination Disorder, ADHD, prenatal substance exposure, etc. Some of the strongest elements used in this journey have been music, visual arts, therapeutic parenting, team-connection, boundary-setting, boundary-setting, boundary-setting, communication skills, community-building, continual lifeskills training, and elements of Theraplay. (Click here for some written resources.) On this journey, there is laughter and tears and growth and hope. The greatest of these is hope.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Evening After Tantrumming and Missing the Bus

Chef had finished the dishes but I discovered that plates/bowls he'd put away Sunday evening were still dirty, and Chef still had other chores to do (regular chores he hadn't done in weeks because he'd spent most evenings puttering on not doing dishes, plus cleaning up messes he'd made and not cleaned up). Chef was in very good space, was being very respectful in language and actions, and had reviewed what had worked and hadn't worked for him the past 24 hours. I, however, was just too tired from being up with Chef in the night and getting up early with him and the tantrumming, etc., etc., so we had an early supper and Chef spent a quiet evening in his room.

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