Thursday, May 17, 2012

Asperger's: A Journey Forward

Connor's grade held a Young Author's event.  We (Memaw and Papa too) came to his school and listened to him read his original book.  I love his book dedication (sorry it's turned sideways) to his brother.  How touching!

I plopped down on the computer tonight with a heavy heart and tired eyes.  The night was rocky.  My Asperger's son arrived home from school in a tizzy and piling a school concert on top of his already cantankerous mood pushed him over the edge.  He never made it on stage and instead spent the beginning of the concert wedged behind a row of folded up cafeteria tables.  I couldn't see his face but could see his tennis shoes planted on the ground and could hear his whimpers flowing from the cracks.  After some prodding, I freed him from the tables and escorted him to the car, tears streaming down both of our faces.

To say the evening was a disappointment would be an understatement, but I've spent the last few hours reminding myself that although he experienced a major "hiccup" tonight he's still moving forward.  I've reflected tonight on all the "successes" he's accomplished within the last few months.  He has:

-had play dates,
-successfully spent the night at a friend's house,
-attended a slumber party,
-put on a presentation in front of an audience of parents,
-learned to tie his shoes, and
-given me a hug at least once.

As I'm tempted to spiral down into a funk, I reflect on these things.   Tomorrow we'll start afresh and continue to guide him on his journey forward.

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