Smiley's New Placement
I won't lie to you, I was worried. Sending a completely non-verbal young woman somewhere different to join a programme where she would be the most disabled person taking part raised lots of concerns in my mind. Would she cooperate? Would the other participants accept her? Would the staff continue to feel that she was benefiting?
Well I got the first report yesterday, and all is going better than I could have hoped:
- She is using the toilet.
- She is feeding herself.
- She is enjoying the activities.
- She is learning to be calm and quiet when necessary.
It looks as though I have been one seriously over-indulgent mother! My adorable ditzy diva is being reined a little bit, but maybe that will help her to be more accepted by her peers, and surely that can only be a good thing?
|Waiting patiently for her bus.|
Finding the perfect non-office job is proving more difficult than Angel expected. So it's great to see her looking happy and enthusiastic again as she heads off each morning to a course that should help her to reach her goal. It's only four weeks, but hopefully her prospects will have changed by the time she finishes it.
Issues around secondary school continue for my son, and so do the meetings and appointments. But for me the best news of the week was a member of his team backing me up all the way, with everything that I've been doing and everything that I've suggested. Hopefully that endorsement will help me to feel less of a parenting failure.
Tuesday was a challenging day, but for the first time ever I managed to remain fairly calm all day - this is pretty huge for me - and it really helped everyone. Perhaps I'm finally getting to the magical acceptance stage of being an autism parent. Let's hope so.
More reasons to be cheerful over at Ojo's World. Just click on the picture below.