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

I must start by saying I’m so completely, utterly proud of T tonight.

He’s had a fantastic parents evening report, he’s thriving with the more challenging work being offered and the ASD-friendly teaching environment.
The downside is that once he’s finished his work – he generally finishes before everyone else – he’s allowed to go to the ICT suite to go on the computer and relax but he invariably lets his competitive side take over and he’s on Education City against children from other schools.

The other thing – the 1st – is that T is very very limited in what food he will eat, my post Should I be worried? refers. We’ve had some slight progress in that he will eat chips (MaccyD or chippy chips) but that was it in terms of hot foods..until today. No pressure, he ate some chicken nuggets! Protein! It
might be something trivial to some (and no doubt I will have indirect feedback to this effect) but this is a massive step forward for T.

D’s day (her 1st is in a bit):

D needs the half-term break, she’s very tired and this reflected in school this morning. She didn’t want me to leave her with the TA, clinging on and squeaking. In the end I administered a bear hug, told her she’d have a fantastic day and that I loved her and left the TA to it, it wasn’t helping with me being there prolonging things and I knew she’d be fine within a couple of minutes (mean Mumma).

And she was. I got a lovely welcome from her; they’d had a Halloween party (very low key, no costumes) and done some apple-bobbing and putting-your-face-in-flour-to-pick-up-a-sweet. She got absolutely covered in flour and said the others did too!

The first for D came as we were leaving. A girl who is a year or two above D (a girl!) starting walking alongside us and D said “that’s my friend, that’s xxxx” and xxxx smiled and said D was her friend too. They carried on exchanging smiles until she went with her transport escort and D with me. Normally D doesn’t like the children alongside, in front or behind us, which can makes exiting school quite challenging. Very proud of her (and her new friend).

She was happy all the way home, singing the song she’d learnt in Music today Leaving on a jet plane by John Denver, must have been lovely to hear the class singing it.

She’s been a tired, but happy, D at home. Lining up her Compare Bears by first size, then colour, then gender.

They’re both very ready for the half term break next week, we’ve got some fun things planned.

I hope everyone’s had a good day, comments/RTs/shares as ever welcomed, thanks for reading Jx 😘

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Comments on: "Thursday 25th October – a couple of Brilliant 1sts!" (3)

  1. Marie Whitney said:

    What a lovely day Jeannette. So nice to hear that D has a friend and that she told you. Every day is so special in its own way because every day D shows something else of herself. It’s amazing seeing life through D’s eyes.

    Well done to T. My mother always felt she ran a hotel. Quite often she made four different dinners each day. T will find his way too. He might do it slowly but he will get there. One of my cousins lived on white bread and ketchup sandwiches until he hit his teens! Really enjoyed your post…

  2. Hi ya
    Thank you for sending me the post. I’ve been very busy lately and by the time you post it, I miss the link on twitter. T sounds like he utilizes his computer time wisely. I’m happy he’s added chicken to his diet. It’s a big step. My kids both eat what they eat. We had a lot of trouble with 1funkid eating when he was younger. It got very dangerous. We were very scared. If at that time he would have eaten fries (chips) we would have been jumping for joy. If you sit in a diverse room of ASD parents you will always find a few that claim their kids diet is lacking or that they are in more dangerous waters then that. It’s not that uncommon to get referrals to feeding clinics for children who won’t eat at all or revert to liquids/ won’t take solid foods. Any one silly enough to judge you my dear isn’t worth talking to. We ASD parents can be hard enough on our selves so we never need help. I loved that D school bobbed for apples then in flower. What a mess that really must of been. So glad she has a friend. Have a good one tomorrow. Hugsxxx

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