Who knew having both kids home after a whole year of Jaime being in school would wreak this much havoc? Oh yeah, every mom out there.
It actually hasn’t been as bad as I was expecting, but it definitely shattered my routine into a trillion pieces. It’s a shame. It was a nice routine.
IEP Meeting went…really well! Everyone involved seemed on the same page we were, and I hope I gave them the impression that I intend to be treated as an equally knowledgeable part of developing my son’s curriculum. Goals we’re working towards for next year are: a consistent toileting routine (yeah, that’s right, positive practice starts in a couple of weeks–who’s excited?), a small catalog of proper word usage, attending in both small and large groups, learning self-help tasks such as closing and opening zippers, buttons, and velcro, and learning to identify other people’s emotions.
Also, he gets to ride the bus. He’s going to be ecstatic.
ABA ended because Aran phased out of the pre-3 program in our state (Babynet). We’re working to get insurance to pick it up under Ryan’s Law, but the things they ask for are fairly extensive, and we have to take him to a neurologist before they’ll consider our paperwork. We’re having a problem with that financially–Medicaid troubles, there’s a shocker–so we’re just trying to work out what to do now.
I’m looking for something for Jaime to do that won’t cost us a lot of money. I’m thinking Girl Scouts might be an option. She needs an outlet, but finding one that’s close to us and affordable has proved a challenge.
Aran’s doing well despite the shake up in his routine and the inconsistency of not having an ABA therapist now. I spend an hour or two a day going through his ABA cards (I’m thinking of making new ones of my own…) and trying to do different activities with him in addition to the normal stuff I do all the time. Poor kid, he can’t even get through a book without hearing “What is it?” at least 10 trillion and a half times. He does good, though!
Darrell and I are working hard to lose weight; that is our focus. We’ve made a pledge with my friend Rachael to lose 20 more pounds by August 20th. With SparkPeople.com and the Biggest Loser pushing us on, we’re ready.
Lately, I’ve also rediscovered my passion for writing creatively. It’s nice to remember how it feels to write a poem or the thrill of learning a new form (flash fiction!).
There’s some big stuff in the works for fall, but for now–I just want to make it through summer!
Oh! I almost forgot to mention: Aran turned 3 years old on June 2nd!!! I can’t believe my baby boy is so big! Happy Birthday again, little man. I love you!