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.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Prompt-Free Dressing Day!
Today Chef got dressed.
When Chef came downstairs this morning, he was wearing a full outfit and a pair of socks. When reminded that he needed to be wearing a clean pair of socks, he quickly removed the ones he'd worn yesterday and put on a clean pair. The sock-reminder was the only verbal prompt.
Also - Chef verbally took responsibility many times throughout today for choices he'd made. Taking responsibility (and other self-esteem bits) has been a very long journey. It's so very good to see Chef coming along in some of these areas.
And chores? Well, no, not today. But as they say, two outta three ain't bad!