#ItISasgoodasitlooks!

Some weeks back I wrote about visiting a new facility that MJ can go to for various activities. In order for him to be able to participate, we had to do a parent tour, 2 intake sessions, one with MJ and one without, and fill out lots of paperwork.  Last week, I was finally able to have him participate in a Social Games class.  I was a little nervous when I was taking him because I didn’t fully know what to expect and I wanted him to be in a good mood for the first session. I prepared him for it by explaining that he would be meeting new people, playing games, and having fun.  He had no idea that therapy would be going on while he plays.  Being the overprotective mom that I am (sorry, not sorry), I asked if I could observe just for a few minutes to make sure that he was okay (in my mind I still see him as the 5-year old that used to run into oncoming traffic).  They nicely told me that I could do that towards the end of the session.  While waiting, a fellow autism mom showed me the parent observation room! I ran for the chance to see what he was doing.  All I saw was pure JOY on MJ’s face.  He was so happy playing the game.  I was relieved that he wasn’t just fine, he was laughing and being silly. When the session was over he was so talkative! Telling me that he played games, had fun and “I want to come back next week!”

Just yesterday I took Morgan to a sibling support group.  There were about 15 kids there.  They talked, played games, made hot chocolate, had snacks, did arts and crafts, and were sent home with a bag full of goodies.  I cannot begin to express how thrilled and thankful I am for this new program.  They not only serve the child with special needs, they serve the entire family.

#neverstopresearching

#sogladifoundthisplace

#Iwishihadthiswhenhewasyounger

#Godisamazing

#faithwithoutworksisdead

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Preparing MJ For Middle School (Part 2)

“Dear Lord,  As I prepare MJ for middle school, I ask that you prevent me from having nausea and vomiting every day.  Please help me to remember your word.  Give me wisdom on how to make this an easy transition for him…and again the vomiting thing…seriously Lord I really need help there.  Amen”

Today I decided to take a drive and show my son his new middle school.  Whenever MJ is about to go to a new school, I drive by and show him the school, the area, and our driving route.  I do this at least 5 times before the actual day of school.  It helps him to anticipate what will be happening once the school year begins.  We will often get out of the car and walk around the grounds a little bit.  I make him read the name of the school and the street that it’s on.  He was happy, smiling, and saying “I’m a big boy” several times while we were there today.  Meanwhile, I honestly began to feel nauseous and began sweating.  My mind always plays terrible scenarios of what could happen to him while he is in school.  I replay things that I have personally seen throughout my years of teaching.  It is difficult to get those things out of my mind.  I always have to remind myself that God is protecting him and that I have done all that I know to do. I pray that the coming weeks will allow me to feel prepared as well.

#mjdeservesit

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MJ gazing at his new middle school.