I'm new to the site, and a touch nervous about using Forums as I find it hard to put on paper (so to speak!) stuff related to our own little Autistic World! But I'll give it a bash:)
I'm Mum to a gorgeous 9 year old little Dude, (LD) and married to a nearly as gorgeous Dutchman. Our little Dude is diagnosed with Autism (specifically high functioning) Anxiety Complex, and Dyspraxia, he is also diagnosed with Dyslexia.
LD currently goes to a very small mainstream school (36 pupils) but it is anticipated he will move to specialist provision when he is 11, I am not sure what to do about this...we are being advised it will be necessary, but I'm not entirely convinced.
We are currently awaiting the outcome of an Assessment for an EHCP, which is due this week or possibly next, all the information and advice we have been given is that we will be allocated 25 hours per week. It's taken a lot of fight to get to this point, and if they refuse us I may have to go and sit in the booze aisle in Tesco and throw a tantrum!
As our LD is growing up (9 going on 19!) we are finding it more and more challenging to get through day to day life. He is an emotional rollercoaster and some days I cope better than others. Hubby works away a lot in the Aviation Industry so whilst terrifically supportive, its mostly me that bears the brunt of the meltdowns etc.
It has been suggested that i have still not come to terms with the fact our LD is Autistic, I suspect this may be true but find it a very difficult thing to come to terms with?!
I think I find the Sensory side of LD more difficult than anything else, does anyone else have a very "sensory" child? Just getting dressed some days can be a mountain to climb.
I also worry that I am a shit mother, (am I allowed to swear? apologies if not, please don't ban me!) as I never feel like I am getting it all right. Hubby is far more relaxed, which I suspect is because the apple didnt fall far from the tree!
Well that's about it for now, not sure if this is how you are supposed to post as totally new to forums:)
I'm off to bath the dog now as she insisted in rolling in fox poo this morning, should of got a goldfish..