So far…

So, after all that worrying I did about my son, Dex, starting school…he’s been doing amazingly well. It’s hard to get him to eat and get dressed in a timely manner, but other than that, it’s been great. It’s been 2 weeks, and as crazy as it sounds, he’s been even better at home. I think all of the structure that school provides is exactly what he needed. I can only have so much structure at home when I have a 2 year old who causes chaos at every turn. We notice that on the weekends, so far, there are still problems, but I’m hopeful ABA will be able to help with that.

We went to the beach over Labor Day weekend & we didn’t have to deal with any meltdowns. I think that’s the first weekend in a long time that we didn’t have anything happen on a fun outing. I just see so many improvements with Dex that it makes me so happy I want to cry. Don’t get me wrong, his social skills still need a lot of work, but so far he’s been managing in school.

He’s having his final assessments for his ABA therapy over the next week. Then it starts Monday through Thursday for the next few years, at least, I guess. I’m both excited to see how it affects him & absolutely terrified about having someone come to our house every day after school for 3 hours. I’m going to be in a constant state of panic about the cleanliness of our house! Don’t get me wrong, our house is usually clean, but… I do have a 2 year old. As I write, I see green crayon on the wall again. Fingerprints smudged all over the refrigerator. A few M&M’s that she left on the table. I feel like I’m cleaning up after a tiny tornado every day. Her room is just the worst. I clean it, she destroys it. Sometimes, she’ll tell me how much of a big helper she is (thanks, Daniel Tiger), but then immediately dump everything once we put away the last toy. Do you think the ABA therapists are judging us for how clean our homes are? My husband says to not worry, and that’s not why they’re coming. But, I don’t buy it.

I guess we’ll just see how it goes…

–Lissa

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