Sam participated with his school in the Fun Run Boosterthon to raise money for his new elementary school. He did great for his first race and seemed to enjoy it! He ran the race holding his friend Hannah’s hand and raised a lot of money thanks to our friends and family’s support.
We started Sam’s new elementary school in August and Sam has adjusted so well. He is in a developmental kindergarden class, which is 5K curriculum but a smaller class size. He rides the bus to school each morning and loves it. Two days into school, he came home and wanted to use scissors every chance he got, which is amazing cause cutting has not come easy to him. His teacher tells me that he struggles with sharing and turn taking, but I am hopeful that will improve. Since Sam struggles most with anxiety, I have been so amazed that he has shown little anxiety at school, which has increased his ability to focus and learn. He takes about his classmates and seems to like Hannah the most.
Sam had an awesome trip to Edisto Beach with his cousin Brooks. Sam loves the water and on this trip, learned how to boogie board. He rarely took a break from the water. Where does he get his energy!!!!
The hardest thing about turning 40 last week was knowing that if I die in my 80s, I only have 40 more years with my son. Doesn’t seem like a long time since time is flashing right before my eyes. I often say “where did the year go?” It is equally as hard to think that if I live until 80, Sam will be my age when he looses me. It makes me sad to know that he will live in a world that might not understand or accept him, and he won’t have the love of his mother to protect and guide him. As my husband and I prepare to meet with an attorney this week to create a special needs trust, my anxiety level is sky high as we will be asked to prepare for worse case scenarios in this meetings. Despite this rather depressing snapshot, I have so much to be thankful for….and this video is one of them. This was the first year that Sam really understands what celebrating a birthday was really about. He has come such a long way since starting early intervention and OT, PT and Speech that I feel like the luckiest mom in the world. So on this Mother’s Day, I am especially grateful for the little things in life as I watch my son reach milestones and overcome anxiety to embrace life and create new, fun memories that will last a lifetime.
The University of South Carolina is home to more than 200 years of history and tradition, rising from a single building in 1805 on what would become the heart of the campus, the Horseshoe.
Early intervention is important for children with autism, a developmental disorder that inhibits socialization. So be on the lookout for warning signs.
Sam does not easily dress himself without a lot of redirection and some assistance. Last week, when I walked into his room, he had already put his swimsuit on the right way and was putting on his shirt so I grabbed my phone cause I have never known him to get his clothes on by himself. Granted, he was highly motivated to find his swim shorts and shirt because he was going to the pool. You will see in the video that he notices his shirt is on backwards, which is amazing that he cares so he takes it off and then is frustrated that he can’t turn it inside out to put it back on. He says “where is the crab!!” I am surprised he didn’t call for me to help him, but he just decided to give up. He picks up the lotion which is when I had to stop recording or it would be everywhere!!! I was so proud of him to getting dressed on his own and since it was the first time for him, I had to record it. Hopefully it is the start of him dressing himself more without my assistance. When I was turning off my phone you will hear him say that he needed to go potty, which is another skill his has mastered that I AM SO THANKFUL for!!!