Monday, August 17, 2009

Siblings and multiple activities

One child with autism; one child without...

Life is always a balancing act. Heck, I grew up in a family with 4 kids - our weekends were always filled up with sports, hobbies, and school & extra-curricular activities. Didn't seem like a big deal back then, but today I have no idea how my parents managed to get us to every event on time, let alone stay and watch!

We've always bumped up against this problem with C & J, but balancing the two's activities is becoming more of a challenge as they grow.

I read an interesting article about this topic last week, written by Steve Heureux.

Unfortunately, no one has a perfect solution and there's no magic recipe. Just to do the best you can - include the siblings in each other's activities as much as possible, let them learn from each other & learn about each other, and provide parental love, support & encouragement. At least until I can clone myself &/or the kids...

(Steve's article also touches on the challenges of finding help, since a typical baby-sitter probably can't/won't handle the child with autism. - and neither will some family members! But that's a topic for a whole 'nother post..)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Dog Days of Summer

This summer hasn't been our best.

Last summer flew by; seemed like we had something fun going on all the time, and Calvin enjoyed the whole season. This summer has dragged a little bit - fewer vacations & getaways, fewer theme parks, and more therapists' vacations. Mix in a change in medicine dosage and a move to a new house, and we're all feeling the pain; the last couple of weeks have been tough.

Fortunately, we might be through the worst of it - the dog days of summer. We've got our strongest therapist back, along with C's favorite hab-worker, and he had a pretty good week. We're looking forward to a weekend at the river, and then the first day of school is just around the corner. (can't come soon enough!)