School holidays are always a strange time in our house. The older kids are never seen as they are either out with friends or glued to t.v’s and computer games, and Stephen and Derek are just Stephen and Derek – happy, playful contented little boys. But this Half-term was different, Stephen has been really off definitely now himself. I think school was getting to him, and he dose not understand why we had to see the doctor last week.
The older kids have been told about his diagnosis but have started overcompensating for him and his needs, so we got some books from the national autistic society to help them understand how to behave with him…
- My Brother is Different – this is a great book for younger ones and kids who don’t read very well
- Everybody is different A book for young people who have brothers and sisters with autism – provides more detail for the older ones
Our eldest has also been reading;- The curious incident of the dog in the night time – which i think is a great read for anyone who knows people on the spectrum or not.
On Monday we went for a family day out at Highwoods country park in Colchester, We went for a 2 hour stroll around the park taking in the views of the meadows, the town and animal spotting. Stephen was really enjoying the fresh air and seeing all the different places and hunting for the animals, but the further round we went the more we could see he was struggling to process everything, it got to the point where the last little bit he was almost being dragged to the end while he was only watching his shoes. When we got back to the visitor center we sat down for our picnic and an ice cream Stephen relaxed again as he knew where he was, after lunch we had a little play in the park and sat by the lake but be 2P.M all the kids were fed up so we headed home via the pets shop to get a new hamster ball for the schools hamster which we are babysitting again this week. Stephen slept the whole way home!
Tuesday was another frantic day as we had birthday party to attend, Stephen socialized for a little, well he was in view and played pass the parcel, after a couple of hours he disappeared, when i found him he was sat upstairs in his cousins bedroom, on the top bunk of the bed playing with fireman sam toys.
Tomorrow we are going to have our last fun day of the half-term before the arguments begin again tuesday morning to get everyone to school 😦 so we are going to Walton on the Naze to explore the naze and burn some energy.
On a different subject Jo and I have had some tough decisions to make regarding Stephens schooling, I think we came to a mutual decision and we discussed it with Stephen. It is quite interesting to hear a 5y/o’s view on his own education and how he wants it to happen, I have always known Stephen is smart but sometimes it does make me wonder who is the one with learning problems???? He even had reasonable arguments for why he wants it that way.