Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Finding the Joy in Asperger's
I was so glad my college friend Rachel and her son Alex came to visit from Chicago. She is such a sweet friend and Alex was a wonderful playmate to the boys.
Collin talked me into having a bubble bath. He had a blast.
Today it's official. The school district identified our son under the Autism/Asperger's label. We welcomed the declaration and felt grateful that he was given a label that provides greater understanding and services. Getting to this place has been a process, and not without a trail of tears and effort. As difficult as it's been, I reflected on the "joys" we've experienced along the way (inspired by my reading of Ann Voskamp's "One Thousand Gifts").
I'm thankful for:
-a school that is so willing to work with our son and grow him in so many areas,
-wonderful teachers that cultivate a positive relationship with him (even incorporating lizards into curriculum),
-an extended family and good friends that are extremely supportive of him and us,
-a Sunday school teacher that loves him right where he is (even baking him Christmas cookies for Christmas!),
-Boy Scouts, such a great organization for kids that don't fit the sports mold,
-the friends he's developed this year,
-the few hugs we've received,
-the times he's complimented me on my chocolate chip cookies,
-the times I've seen him smile, and
-his amazing doctor (and her wonderful therapy dogs),
Most of all we're thankful to be his parents. He's grown us and taught us in countless ways.