Another week at school is in the books. Jacob's had a surprisingly great week back at school, but it's been hard to get back into the routine. And when you consider that;
1) It was the first week back after March break.
2) Jacob was away from school the week prior to the March break.
3) His EA's have implemented new things into the class to help Jacob with his sensory issues.
4) It's Jacob's 8Th birthday tomorrow.
We're very thankful. All of these factors could definitely trigger a child with Asperger's to have a meltdown of epic proportions. And with the way March has been for us thus far, I'm surprised Jacob's even been willing to go to school. Luckily for us, Jacob's week has been pretty good and this week he's earned:
7 OUT OF 10 STICKERS
What a relief. We thought this week would be rough, but on Thursday and today, Jacob didn't have any homework at all because he did all his work in class, which was amazing. I remember when I was young and my birthday was getting close. I would never behave in class. It was like because I was getting older that I could do whatever I wanted. But Jacob on the other hand doesn't really seem interested in his birthday at all. We've asked him what he wants for his birthday, but he says nothing.
I love that my son isn't materialistic, but it makes gift giving a little difficult. And of course, Shannon and I have to give gift suggestions to all of our family members. I don't know about other people, but buying gifts for my son is impossible. Maybe that's why he has so many DS games.
Tonight we're all going to my mom's house for dinner. I'd order Jacob's favourite food, but I don't know what company delivers peanut butter sandwiches and milk. So I think we'll order pizza or something. Then tomorrow, Jacob and I are going downtown (if he wants) and we'll have lunch and visit the art gallery (if he wants). My wife and I were invited to a wedding this Saturday too, but I'm not going. Shannon's mom is going in my place and there both friends of the bride. This way Shannon can see her friend get married and Jacob can still have a special day.
Did I mention how stressed I am? It's hard to plan a birthday when you have a child that doesn't allow you to formulate a plan, which is difficult for me. But I've learned to accept how my son is and we'll just have to freestyle his birthday. It's harder for us, but it's easier on Jacob and after all, it is his birthday. And we just want him to enjoy it. I'll be sure to post about it this weekend.
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"It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential." Dr Hans Asperger 1906-1980