Saturday, January 30, 2016

Overnight Stay a Success and Spectrum Sentience

Austin and his Dad went on the overnight stay at the log cabin this week.  They had a lot of fun and Austin was very well behaved, he also got to spend a bit of time with his little friend, who is a girl, who he likes and she thinks the world of him too.  She told my husband how fond she is of Austin and thinks he's very smart!  This was great to hear!

The flip side of the trip, he was also a target of a couple of girls, who were not so nice to Austin, but the teacher and his Dad were close by and they were corrected quickly.  One of these girls, is the same one who keeps hitting and bullying him!  I was surprised she was on the trip.  Overall, my husband said everything was handled well and Austin said he really had a great time!  He would like to go again!  YAY!

There was an incident that my husband asked me about when he got home, he asked "Have you ever seen Austin stim?"  "Stim?,  No, not really."  Stimming is not something Austin would really do, but he would move his hands a bit and jump up and down when he would get excited (when he was younger).  I think it surprised my husband that Austin still has these behaviours.  Although in a lot of ways Austin is typical but he does have autism and it is very apparent certain situations.  Sometimes his excitement is so overwhelming he can't control it.

We were discussing what happened and how excited Austin got, it was very hard to calm him down.  The catalyst, a table game.  After my husband and I finished talking about what happened, Austin walked past me a little while later and was going to his room for alone time.  I watched as he walked towards his room, the feeling of the unknown and that little boy I clung to crying after his diagnosis, still resonates and brings me back to a reality.  These challenges are real, there are many, even if we don't see them all the time.  Others see them more frequently, school, social outings, family dinners and trips to the store, they are all triggers.  It's different at home, he has his room, his games, his support and it can be very different here.  We have altered things and home is where you see less behaviours.  Sometimes, I forget, I see Austin, not autism, just him, my baby, my boy, the son I love and adore so much!

All the best! *HUGS*

Friday, January 29, 2016


Sad to see that ten followers (just since my last post) who have been reading this blog since I began writing it, are not longer following it.  I hope that they are well and wish them all the best!


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Hits Just Keep Coming

Austin was hit across the face yesterday by the same girl who has become an issue for many of the students at his school.  He's not the only one who is bullied by her and my concern is when will it stop?  Will she be removed from the school like the last child that targetted Austin, among many others?  She was given an internal suspension for the day yesterday.  I can't believe a girl is the one causing all this distress.  Austin doesn't fight back, it's not his nature, and certainly, not when a girl is the one hitting.  I am so proud of him for his patience and control!  I pray that this situation will be resolved soon!

All the best! *HUGS*

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Volleyball Team

The other day Austin came home and told me he went to the volleyball tryouts and made the team!  YAY!  So proud of Austin!  Love him so much!

All the best! *HUGS*

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Can't Camp Out!

Austin brought home a permission form to go with his Grade 5 class for an overnight camping trip.  I, unlike his Dad, am not comfortable with him going on the trip.  My husband thinks it would be good for him and I, on the other hand, know that something could happen to upset or cause Austin to react.  I told my husband that Austin needs support with this situation.  He has never been away and we have no idea how he will do under these circumstances.  I guess my grizzly side came out because I told my husband, if he didn't sign up to volunteer on the trip (Austin doesn't want Momma hanging around, who can blame him at this age), Austin would not be able to go for overnight camping. (Good thing the man has a lot of patience for me.)  He agreed and I feel better that Austin will have Dad there if he needs him. :)

I am thankful to a friend who I expressed my feelings to and was very supportive and gave me very good advice.  I am also very thankful to my husband for his support and understanding, love you!

All the best! *HUGS*