No more ditzy diva!

There's a few reasons to be cheerful about the children this week. If I can still call them children now that the eldest is nearly 23...

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.

Angel's new course


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.

Support


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.

Serenity


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.

Ojo's World


24 comments:

  1. Lots of wonderful reasons to be cheerful for you this week....and long may that continue. When our child/children are happy it's all we want really isn't it? And it affects us so much.
    I love the Ditsy Diva Smiley as she is but it's wonderful that she's open to these changes, and even that hair-do makes her so grown-up looking! xx

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    1. I love Ditzy Diva Smiley too, and I'm sure she's not gone completely xx

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  2. I love that photo of your girl, so pleased all is going well for her and good luck to Angel on her course I hope it gives her some extra boost. Staying calm is hard to do, but you're right things do go better. Hope your week continues to be good x

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    1. I'm really hoping that the calm thing can become a habit x

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  3. I can hear you breathing in this post. Delighted for you and wonderful news about smiley. Interesting how a change of environment and fresh eyes have worked for her. I hope it's the beginning of great days for her.

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    1. Me too, and I think that fresh eyes are always a good thing.

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  4. So glad there are positives for all of the young people. Its a good week if we can remain calm on at least one day!

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  5. Looks like things are coming together towards a good year ahead. Great news. xxx

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  6. It sounds like all your children are getting what they need, and so are you. I hope this continues, and I love that saying xx

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  7. That serentity prayer has got me through many difficult times. I'm so happy to hear Smiley has settled well. Mich x

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  8. I love that quote - one to cling onto on tricky days - of which there seem to be many as the kids grow up! Glad to here Smiley has settled in well and the school are taking you more seriously. x

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  9. Sounds like a great week all in all, and fantastic that you managed to keep calm during Tuesday... I'm still learning that one. >_<

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    1. I hope it doesn't take you as many years as it took me ;)

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  10. Nice to hear that all has been well in your world (and your kids). I wonder if we ever get to that magical acceptance stage.... or perhaps we dip in and out of it! xx

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    1. I think dipping in and out is exactly right - because there's every likelihood that next week I won't feel very accepting at all! xx

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  11. School should always support and never make you feel like a 'parenting failure' - well that's what I think anyway!

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    1. I agree, but it doesn't always work out like that, sadly x

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  12. School support should be a given, it's a shame that you receiving the backup you needed is news but still great that it has happened, long may it continue. And great news about your girls too...I have to laugh at the term 'ditzy diva'!!!

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    1. Yeah, I don't know where that came from, but it does describe her quite well when she's doing her happy thing while various people help with her every need - in fact the more the better, as far as she's concerned!

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