Prior to Austin being diagnosed with PDD-NOS, going anywhere (when he was 2 to 4 years old) was to say the least, a challenge. I went to the museum today with my friend, The Maven, her little guy (his Birthday outing ... Happy Birthday again buddy!) and my 2 1/2 year old daughter, Kaleigh. Kaleigh was assessed after Austin's diagnosis (only as a precaution, we never felt anything was wrong) and was found to be a "typical" child, actually, "above the curve" the therapist said. She is a doll by the way. Anyway, Maven and I were talking about what going out with Austin was like at 2 1/2 ... my goodness! She remembers it as well as I do. Nike sent me a letter of appreciation for being one of their best customers ... EVER! Run, bolt, you name it, he did it. I chased and chased! It was impossible to go to playgroup, Walmart, the grocery store, a family function and the playground. He would always run somewhere or be stimulated by the environment. I had no idea why he was like that, I just figured he was being a boy, not like any of the other boys but what did I know? Everyone would look at me funny. Say my kid wasn't "disciplined". Tell him to "be good for you Mommy, don't give her such a hard time". Any of this sound familiar? People can be so harsh! Poor Austin! He was a pretty good sport for all the comments he had put to him, me too, but I am a stubborn redhead ... thank God!
Today, after I got home, I left Kaleigh with my husband and went to pick up Austin at school. He had a good day! YAY! I then proceeded to take him to the grocery store and the movie store both without any incident at all. Not so long ago, I would have never thought this was possible, but it is, and I am so happy for Austin that he has gotten to this point. You see, it all takes time, they get there. It was truly much more difficult when I didn't know what was going on, now that I know, it is much, much easier. :)
By the way, Nike dropped has me from their "most frequent purchases' list". A nice place to be. ;)