I am joining in once again this week with The Gypsy Mama for 5 Minute Friday, the linkup where you write about that weeks subject for just 5 minutes. No over thinking, no going back and editing...just writing for five minutes, that's it. It's an interesting thing, because you truly never know where your post is going to end up.
So here we go...this weeks topic:
As a mom to a child with Autism, I've come to dread change. Perhaps not the little things as much, but the big things for sure. Change is not good in this household...but you know what they say, change is inevitable. And being a military family, it's even more inevitable. Deployments, duties, moving. (Even as I type this, we planned on being on the road to Illinois for the weekend already and my hubby is still at work- Semper Gumby. Always Flexible.) As some of you may know, earlier in the year we made the biggest change in our married life. We moved from California, where my little man had lived his entire life (minus 6 months when he was just a baby while daddy deployed!) to Indiana. Talk about changing! My little man left the home he knew, the friends he loved and the school/teacher he had been with for two years already. (Not to mention his beloved therapists!) He returned to school soon after arriving at our new home, and he was not a fan. He moved from an ABA based Autism only classroom, with few children, to an inclusion class of 20. To say it didn't go well was a complete and total understatement. So when it came time to find a placement for this school year, he was moved back to a special education only classroom. More change. Though this change will be better in the long run, at the moment, it's still an adjustment...and it shows in his behaviors! More aggression. More meltdowns. More heartache.
Okay, I really have more to say on the subject of change and the move/school/meltdown situation, but my five minutes were up for today, so I'll come back to this subject on another day! (Besides the hubby really should be home and we'll be hitting the road soon!) For now I'll just end this on a positive note with a favorite verse I turn to often in this time of change:
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.- Jeremiah 29:11