Today we saw the Psychiatrist for Austin's assessment. I thought he did wonderfully! How far we have come in just over a year.
I spoke to the doctor as Austin played today, he got bored but he was quiet. He did not want to answer questions; he was being shy. I cannot believe how much better this assessment went than the one at CHEO. There are so many differences in Austin from then to now. He was not running around, he did not climb anything, he did not meltdown and he did not roll on the floor laughing as I cried. (I get emotional sometimes when I tell stories about Austin and well, my Mother, she was discussed today too ... let's not go there ... right, good!) Austin looked up and gave me a half smile as tears fell down my cheeks, so I smile back, trying to communicate that it is okay. He does not respond to emotions properly but I was relieved that he did not roll on the floor laughing at me ... that's an improvement and I am grateful.
He went downstairs to play as I talked with the doctor. (I was very impressed with her by the way, she was very pleasant to talk to and felt at ease with her right away.) When Austin came back up, he was really bored and ready to go. He was patient and got a couple of hugs and a little cuddle. I was concerned that he may be upset knowing we were talking about him but he said "no". I asked him again later in the car on the way home and he said he was not upset about us discussing him but there were a lot of people downstairs talking. Too many unfamiliar faces and too much noise. For Austin to be able to express this is also a huge accomplishment for him. He is really getting much better at telling me what upsets him. Very important to help head off a meltdown.
Austin, my sweet, sweet boy. I am so happy with his progress and while there are new things that pop up, I am so pleased that he is doing much better. People tell me that Austin is lucky to have a Mom like me but I am the lucky one because I have him, my wonderful little boy! I LOVE YOU Austin! Mama is so PROUD of you! :) OX
All the best! *HUGS*