Dear Autistic Mama's,
We're trying something new this week.
And (knock on wood) it's helping.
We're numbering and labeling our day in the order it will happen and letting Owen draw it the way he sees it happening instead of using stickers or magnets.
This is one of Owen's days:
1. Starbucks coffee/Target Run
2. Play at Home
3. Play at school with dinosaurs
4. Come back home
5. Wait for EG and Isaac to get home.
6. Play with Emma Grace and Isaac
7. Eat Dinner.
8. Go to bed.
Now I'm not gonna lie, this activity takes awhile. And it takes patience because if the drawing doesn't turn out the way he likes, well then (obviously) we have to start over. BUT it has been helpful. Even his teacher commented that he was having an easier time transitioning into school instead of shutting down and going to sleep.
You see that smile there?
That's a public smile! Public!
He had his list in his pocket. He pulled it out often to see what was next and he still wanted to be carried, but he was smiling AND interacting with me while there. He wasn't overwhelmed. We had a really fun morning. Seriously. I enjoyed being out with him so much! And life doesn't always happen like that.
Now I know what works for some of us doesn't work for others.
And I know this may not be a long-term fix, but I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts. So if your kid likes art and struggles with transitions, give it a try. It may not work, but then again it may. You might get to go out in public and drink coffee and have a tear-free morning. And that's worth a million bucks right there.
One Excited Autistic Mama