Me and my girl and boy, raising awareness and acceptance of autism

Monday 16th July

D’s anxiety yesterday over school was very much in evidence this morning. Lots of “I don’t want to go to school” and at several points she turned round and started walking back.

Some persuasion, a little bit of bribery got us to the entrance and then …. complete refusal.

Not even the sight of the Headteacher with the Olympic torch that D’s classmate’s mum had carried would coax her in. She had this little imaginary barrier that was the door strips along the carpet and she just wasn’t budging.
So reinforcements were called from the classroom. I was given the most dirty look imaginable from D and off she went, meekly with her teacher.

I did have a hold of the torch, heavier than I imagined it would be and really quite nice! There are two layers of the holes all around it and a tiny little space for a gas canister. It made me wonder who had the poor job of making sure that yes, there were 8000 holes in the torch.

A TA dashed after me to give me the completed questionnaire for D’s CAMHS appointment. It made for very depressing read (see previous blog today) but like everything else, unless it’s negatively put, you don’t get the assistance for your child that they need.
The tick that indicated that she is “being picked on or bullied” was really upsetting but (again taking a positive spin) we now have proof that it happens and can have discussions with her new teacher promptly in the new term.

A very tired looking D came out at the end of the school day and instantly wanted a cuddle. She said as we were walking away that another child had interrupted her in the “quiet area” and told her to leave the area forcibly. The other child did get “told off” by the staff.

The TA did say that last week had been a very “out-of-routine” week for both staff and pupils and agreed that it was bound to have affected her. Roll on Friday (I think!).

She had a meltdown virtually as soon as we got home, pent-up emotion from her day I think.

Once that was out of the way, she was more visibly relaxed and even gave us all a sing-song in the bath of songs from the concert that she was too anxious to perform in on Friday.

So…that’s us, one day closer to the summer holidays. I hope everyone’s had a good day. Comments/RTs as ever welcomed, thanks for reading Jx 😘

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Comments on: "Monday 16th July" (3)

  1. *Hugs* We’ve had a melty day, too. Bad night’s sleep = punchy DS1 and obsessive DS2. Ended up having to put the lego in time out, this evening because it was at the centre of a stand off!

    Boys finally asleep, though. Got Cider! x

  2. Lack of routing coupled with D not wanting to go – I can imagine how tough it was. So sorry! I love the pictures though – very cute.

  3. Got more of an idea of the frustration from that blog. As someone that like’s change I find it so hard to accept that the routine is so important. Still it’s good to see how you approach the difficulties.

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