Well, we did it.
Tomorrow is the first day of school, my son's first day of high school, and he is in bed. He made his lunch for tomorrow, did his load of laundry, and actually cleaned up the kitchen in less than an hour after supper!
He again waited to get up til I said we were walking out the door, even though the alarm clock had gone off over an hour earlier, so he missed breakfast but he actually ate lunch AND supper today! AND drank 4 glasses of water! AND did some exercising! AND breezed through a vaccination at the public health office!
Of course, this was not without much work on the part of both of us, and we were pretty much velcroed together all day long as I gave him verbal prompts for pretty much everything he needed to do - but it's done!
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 (http://richesofsimplicity.blogspot.com/) 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.