Definitely words to live by!
Definitely words to live by!
If you read my blog, you know that I fully believe in the power of music. This is yet another example of never judge a book by its cover. Musical Goth…amazing! PLUS, he’s never sung in front of ANYONE, including his parents! They were just as blown away as the audience!
The kids and I are leaving my smalltown hometown and moving back to the city tomorrow. We’re so excited, anxious, happy, sad…so many emotions all at once, but overall, we’re happy to be going back.
It’s been a VERY long road, getting the house we are moving into ready for us, including renos, kids are registered for school, and ensuring all the programs and therapies are in place for my son, including his IBI therapy continuing in a new setting, with different therapists.
The renos have been long and involved and, although I’m tired of it all right now, it’s been a HUGE learning curve for me and I’m VERY blessed to have such amazing friends who have made my renos one of their priorities to “get us back to the city” (to quote each of them!). There has been demolitions, plumbing, electrical, permits, discussions with the City (ugh!), purchases, priming, painting (I got to choose my own paint colours for the first time in my life!) and there’s still more to go but the kids are at their dad’s for a week starting tonight so the majority will be finished by the time they move in next Friday.
I’ll have some trim painting to do in the winter, but other than that, the kids will be moving into a “pretty” home. My daughter has asked that I leave some painting for her though when she comes over for some one-on-one time with me during the week so I’ll leave some painting for her to do.
So wish us a relatively stress-free move!
(Guest post on SpecialNeeds.com)
A few years ago when I was married, we invited a number of other families over for a “get to know you” type of BBQ as we all met at a 10-week course, in the beginning of our journey of learning about Autism. As we went from family to family, one family surprised me. They had received diagnosis within the last 6 months, and they were still trying to figure out how to tell their immediate family members. These same family members even babysat occasionally so would have obviously been familiar that there were “issues” with this family’s two boys.
Honestly, it took almost everything I had to remain composed during this discussion. The parents were highly educated, well respected, and employed in enviable jobs. They had the ability to understand what Autism is, and how to access programs and services to support their sons’ Autism diagnosis. Yet, they were worried about how their family would treat their kids, and especially how they would be “labeled” at school.
See the rest of my post here: http://www.specialneeds.com/children-and-parents/autism/autism-nothing-be-ashamed
Goosebumps…and my son was transfixed when I played this: