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"It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential." Dr Hans Asperger 1906-1980

Tuesday, 22 May 2012


FireworksThe long weekend is finally over.  And I don't know why, but I feel extra tired this morning.  I was off from work this weekend and it looks like a slow week this week too, so I might actually be able to post regularly on the blog.

Jacob had a great weekend.  He was well behaved and didn't have many outbursts, which is good considering he couldn't sleep well because of all the fireworks going off on Sunday and Monday night.  Raising a child with Asperger's is kind of like watching a fireworks display.  First it's all silent and the air is filled with anticipation.  Then a small fizzle and KABOOM!  The world explodes and fills with bright colours and loud bangs.  Then, a few minutes later it's over.

Jacob also went to school this morning without much fuss, which was nice.  Every morning we have a conversation that goes something like this:

Me:  Are you ready to get dressed for school?

Me:  Are you ready to get your shoes on now?

Jacob:  Yep, I love you.

We don't get too upset when he talks like this.  Jacob knows that we dislike the word "Hate", but Jacob uses it to get a rise out of us.  I think he likes school, he just wishes it could be at home. 

On Wednesday, we're having a specialist from the hospital come over to observe Jacob and talk with us about some teaching choices that we can implement to help with Jacob's behaviour.  I don't know why these things occur at home when it's at school where Jacob's behaviour usually worsens.  The nice thing about Wednesday's visit is that it will only take place if Jacob's had a good day at school.  It's nice to work with people that get it though.

We're also going to be referred to a social worker to help Jacob with his behaviour, but again I'm resistant because he's well behaved at home.  He needs work in the school setting more than anything.  Then he might be able to control his behaviour in class better.  Either way, we're looking forward to the meeting.  It's also good because we only met with the ASD specialist last Monday and we already have an appointment less than 10 days later.

Hopefully Jacob has another good week at school.  He usually does well this time of year.  I think he can feel the more relaxed atmosphere at school.  The last two months of school are usually focused on the older students that are going to highschool next September.  Personally, I can't wait for Summer.

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