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.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
January 6 continued
When Chef went to bed tonight, we talked more about what might help him feel less anxious. So tomorrow's plan is for me to ask his new worker to please make an appointment to meet with Chef at school so Chef knows when to expect him, and to talk again with Chef's sister and brother-in-law to see if he can come there for respite weekends. Chef's part is to make a list for his new worker of what would make him comfortable/uncomfortable regarding a new respite family.
And on that note, dreamland beckons.