19 days ago
Autism - celebrating those wins
My eldest is 16 and is Autistic. We stopped going to the city with her when she was about 8. The smells, noise etc it was her version of a living nightmare. We’d always have to leave early and immediately (so add car for transport, parking etc) even if we had just paid entry to the dinosaur Museum that my son was so excited to see. We continued to go but with only the two younger children. For my new Kindship friends who don’t know us, my eldest was bullied so badly in primary that she was suicidal at 9 and never had a group of self made friends. Until she went to her 4th school at the start of last year. She found her tribe (which sets her up for the future- knowing that if she doesn’t fit at one job there will be another where she does etc. Hope is so powerful). Her group of friends were going to the city yesterday. I’m have anxiety especially around the safety of my children so BIG step for me here too. She went in. I waited all day to drive in to get her (even though I told her I couldn’t). She had a good day!!! All the therapy! All the years of preparation. I mean she only went with me into a grocery store a month ago and it was two weeks ago she could but 1 item herself- with my support.. So I sat and asked what she had considered putting in place and she had it sorted!! She’d thought of all the ways she could set herself up for success. Admittedly she had her friend (and family friend) that she’s known since she was 2 but she did it!!!! Hooray!!