Our life at the moment is filled with schedules, routines, and lots of ABA, PT, OT, and Speech. It doesn’t feel like a drag for us, as we have worked hard to find these particular set of amazing teachers. I know they are our angels. As we are getting ready to attend our first IEP, and say goodbye to these amazing teachers in our lives, I can’t help but ache for the loss we’re going to feel when they are no longer visiting us daily, in our home, encouraging, cheering, motivating, and teaching us how to understand.
Once our child turns three, she no longer qualifies with Early Steps, but in turn the school district takes over. Harsh reality, but I am ready. We have been learning and learning and gaining strength by reading your stories about school, IEPs, and changes. These teachers have also become our friends, who understand like no other. They patiently accept my child and gently help. In a few months, they will be saying their goodbyes to our family and I will be forever grateful and cherish all the memories!
Memories of getting my daughter to speak again, helping her use her words to communicate frustrations, opening the door to them and hearing my daughter squeal their name in delight, watching her tentatively get closer and closer to them and learning, colors, shapes, bubbles, peek a boos, silly stories, so many memories. Words simply cannot express my gratitude. We’re grateful for these character building type of people, and I pray that there are more like them in this world.
Now it’s time to let them go, and start another chapter. We’ll make them proud. My daughter has been in training and she’s about to rule the world! Here we come IEP, this family is ready for you! As I finish this post and sigh a little teary eyed, my two year old looks at me and asks “what’s the matter?” and I smile, because if you’re an autism parent, you know exactly why.