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About a month after Jackson's official diagnosis of mild autism, I finally decided to have a meeting with his preschool teacher to let her know. I debated for a long time about whether or not to tell the preschool for two reasons.
For one, I didn't want him to be treated differently. Of course, they were already allowing him to do some things that other kids weren't allowed to do (bring in his own sippy cup instead of having to drink out of a straw-which he can't do, bring in his own bananas for snack time since he is extremely picky about his food, etc) but I didn't want them to give up on him. I didn't want them to think, "well, he has autism, he can't do that anyway so we won't even try."
But my biggest fear came from reading other parents' stories. I've read many blogs and stories on other forums where children were kicked out of their preschool once they found out the child had autism because the preschool claimed they did not have the training or facilities to deal with an autistic child.
On one hand, I know that it can sometimes be very hard (or at least emotionally draining) to deal with an autistic child, but I also wanted him in that school. The whole reason I put him in preschool is because I wanted him to be in a social situation a few times a week without me, hoping that it would spark in him some need to communicate. The reason we picked that specific school was because he immediately liked his teacher when we met her (and he does not easily accept other people, especially adults). Plus it had taken weeks to transition him so that he was only crying for about 5 minutes when I dropped him off, as opposed to crying the entire school day.
So I was nervous about the meeting, but I thought, "This is a Christian preschool. They claim that this is their ministry, so surely they wouldn't kick him out." But doubt still nagged at me.
I met with his teacher and the preschool coordinator (who is also my bible study leader). They were so nice, and so supportive. When I started to tear up, they both hugged me, which of course made me really start to cry! They told me that they didn't have degrees or any special needs training, but that they had worked with autistic children before and they would do anything to help that they could.
I did not realize how much I was worried about them rejecting my son until that burden was lifted. I felt so light and happy the rest of the day. And when I went to pick Jackson up from school that day, they gave me a shirt that says, "Jesus loves children with autism and so do we."
I am so thankful that we found this preschool and so thankful that these women are in our lives! They have been so helpful. They welcome our therapist into their school and are working with her to make the classroom environment better for Jackson. They are working on using a picture schedule with him to help him with transitions, and are encouraging the other students to play with Jackson and to share with him. Now instead of crying when I drop him off, he is so excited that he (literally) runs into the school and to his classroom with a big smile on his face for his teacher. I could not have imagined a better place for him!
Jason went back to work today. He's been working all of this time of course, but today starts what I refer to as "his crazy schedule." For the next few months he will be working longer hours, a couple of overnights a week, and only getting maybe one day off a week and no holidays off.
This week is going to be so boring for us. I cannot stand to just sit around the house all day, but it looks like this week we won't have much of a choice.
Because of Thanksgiving, almost all of our friends are going out of town. We only have one playdate, no school and only 1 hour of therapy all week!
I couldn't even go to church this morning because I just didn't feel like making the effort to get all dressed up and then get called out of the service within 15 minutes because Jackson hates the nursery. Depending on who is in there, some of the nursery workers can calm him down or redirect him if he starts getting "punchy" (which is exactly what they called it last time they sent him out- when he gets frustrated he starts pulling on other kids. I can't really explain it and I don't really know why he does it) but most are quick to just call me.
So anyway we are about 3 hours in to Jason's new schedule and I'm already bored out of my mind. Jackson and I have: ate breakfast, played puzzles, read books, played outside, colored pictures, had a dance party, and are currently watching Signing Time. I'm about to feed him lunch and put him down for a nap. Honestly, I almost don't want to let him go to sleep because then I really won't have anything to do! LOL
I think I'm going to try to potty train him this week. With no reason to leave the house, it's the perfect time to do it, right?
Hey y'all. Sorry it has been so quiet here lately, but I must admit I loved the emails asking if I was okay :) I love that there are people out there thinking of me!
Things have been super busy here. We just got home from a week long vacation in Alabama. It was our Thanksgiving since it was the only time that Jason could get off work. And we have all been sick!
This week is crazy with playdates, meetings, school and therapy for Jackson, pre-deployment night for Jason, an unexpected visit from Jason's dad, and 3 different Thanksgiving feasts that I have to prepare food for!
Plus my Etsy shop is doing pretty well. I made a birthday outfit for my friend's daughter and after her birthday party I got 3 orders from moms that were there :)
So I'll go ahead and make a quick plug- my newborn to one year sized Christmas tutus are 25% off this week! Also, if you "like" my shop on Facebookyou can get more access to sales. I just ordered some new Christmas fabric and have some great ideas for Christmas tees and outfits, so keep an eye out for that :)
Do you like my new models? Aren't they the cutest!
We are doing Christmas portraits this Saturday and I don't know what to wear! I ordered this dress from eShakti but I don't know if it will get here in time. Do you think it's too dressy? Jackson is wearing black & red argyle and I have no idea what Jason will be wearing!
By the way--you can use the code CaK0BC to get 15% off your order at eShakti through the end of November!
I have a lot more to say but I'm really hoping I'll have time to sit down and write some real/serious posts later!