We’ve been going through the autism assessment process with Thomas over recent months and this week we had the feedback meeting, which has confirmed that Thomas is autistic. It’s what we’ve suspected for a while, and on the whole it’s a relief to have it confirmed.
I’m hoping that having the diagnosis will help with getting Thomas the support that he needs, particularly at school. He’s a bright little boy and he does love to learn, but school has certainly been a challenging experience for him so far. We’re in the process of applying for an EHCP which will hopefully also help with him getting the right support.
I’m grateful for the support that we’ve had so far. We’ve had moments in the past where it has felt like Thomas has been labelled as ‘naughty’ which we knew wasn’t the case and was upsetting for him, as well as us. Sophie summed it up well when she told him one morning recently: “You’re not naughty, Thomas, you’re just misunderstood.” Things definitely feel like they’ve improved on that front though, thank goodness. We’re learning different ways of parenting that work better with Thomas and help make him feel happier and we’ll keep on doing our best to help make his world a happier place. Fingers crossed that having the diagnosis will help others to do the same! He’s a loving, sweet little boy who just happens to see the world a bit differently.
What I’ve been grateful for this week:
- Day 26 – I am grateful for Thomas getting his Boys’ Brigade armband with his first Anchors’ badges.
- Day 27 – I am grateful that Sophie enjoyed seeing some of her friends performing in Matilda.
- Day 28 – I am grateful for time outside doing some nature art.
- Day 29 – I am grateful for some one-to-one time with Thomas watching him having fun making letters with play dough.
- Day 30 – I am grateful that we now have a diagnosis of autism for Thomas. Hopefully it will help with getting better support in place for him.
- Day 31 – I am grateful for being able to bring Jessica daffodils (and knowing that the deer won’t be eating her flowers as long as daffodil season lasts!)
- Day 32 – I am grateful for a beautiful sunset sky.
Other things that have made me smile this week:
- Listening to Sophie and Thomas giggling together as Sophie dressed Thomas up in various princess dresses.
- Sophie helping out on the AV desk at church.
- An after-school trip to the park.