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My Autistic Son Handled It Better Than I Did

My Autistic Son Handled It Better Than I Did

I did a lot of preparing before school started again. I made sure Pooh got to meet his new teacher (he had the same staff for six years), new TSS, and his bus driver. He got to visit the school twice, First time I had to figure out where the heck it was….(Yep in the middle of a corn field and about a half hour away) and the second time was  at open house to meet his teacher. I felt kinda proud because his BSC and new TSS wanted to come and they were the only support people who came. And they were awesome keeping my nerves down a bit. I didn’t want Pooh to sense my anxiety and think something was wrong so his new TSS explored the new classroom with him.

I looked around, and there wasn’t to many smiles, not enough to satisfy  Pooh  anyway. So when It got quiet for a moment Pooh does his famous one liner at the perfect moment and he blurts out “Life is Good.” It got everyone smiling  and laughing,  then he started bouncing and flapping his hands and looked so proud, once again Pooh does what he does best, making a room feel warm and loved by him.

The day I dreaded came when I sent him off on his first day of school.  His new transportation came and I looked at him waiting for a reaction and still in smiles he willingly went with me. I gave him a big kiss and reminded him who will be waiting for him at the end of his ride. He answered “okay’  and asked if  “everything is good” I let him know “its awesome,” he looked for his seat belt then blew me a kiss and said “see ya momma.” (he never said that before) I waited till the van drove away and started to cry but I couldn’t help but smile, and feel proud. He’s gonna be okay.

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  • didama By didama
    09.25.12  

    What a lovely story. Thank you for sharing it. I shed the same tears when my kid's bus pulled away with my children on that first day...

  • sandyc42 By sandyc42
    09.25.12  

    Thank you so much for reading

  • mollyadams1990 By mollyadams1990
    09.25.12  

    Aww that's really really sweet. I can just imagine him making everyone laugh :) He's adorable. Plus my favorite character is Winnie the Pooh I don't know if it's just his nickname or what but it's awesome. Hope he's having a good year so far!

  • uscgirl By uscgirl
    09.25.12  

    My son has autism and I know the feeling of trying to make sure that you think of everything before he has to go to school. He really likes school now and it makes my life easier. I still worrry everyday.

  • sandyc42 By sandyc42
    09.25.12  

    Hi mollyadams1990....Thank you so much he is adorable. That is exactly who I nicknamed him after. When he was born he had the big pot belly and the short legs. Hes not that anymore. Doctors said he hit 5 foot tall and is as tall as me when I dont wear sneakers. He is doing surprisingly well with all the changes and is showing a determination to learn guitar. They are also impressed with his please and thank you manners. Hi uscgirl. It's nerve wrecking with the worrying isnt it? It will always be in the back of our minds wondering. I'm so glad to know your son likes school. A big hugs and prayers to you and your son as you continue your journey with him.

  • inkmermaid By inkmermaid
    09.25.12  

    You know. I really needed to read that. It's been kind of a long day and reading about your awesome son, well it just made me smile and hope again. Thanks so much for sharing your story with us and thanks for being such a great parent.

  • sandyc42 By sandyc42
    09.25.12  

    Great to meet you inkmermaid. I am so glad to hear hear it put a smile to your face. It's been a trial and error experience. But we made it. and my buddy still thanks me every night before bed. Prayers and hugs to you on your days ahead.

  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip
    09.25.12  

    Thank you for sharing. They are special kids that teach us so much, give so many touching moments. Attended a screening last night of Coping to Excelling, many of the people in the movie were there sharing their life with autism, teaching, and sharing their experiences, even some of the more difficult moments. Wonderful evening.

  • sandyc42 By sandyc42
    09.25.12  

    Thank you for reading basilandcatnip. I agree completely, my son has taught me so much. Mostly that unconditional love is real, when I didn't believe in it at all. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for commenting.

  • itqtpie By itqtpie
    10.05.12  

    Great story thanks for sharing. Children of all ages can really teach us alot.

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