I took the day off today (one of my FEW remaining vacation days) to go on Jack’s field trip to a place called Camp Woodlands. First of all, I should explain that for every field trip I am “cordially invited” by the staff of Jack’s school. And I get it. It would really be a lot to ask of a parent volunteer to have a group of kids that included Jack- he needs so much supervision, and chasing, and…yeah, he needs a lot.
I won’t lie and say I was looking forward to this day. I was looking forward to time with Jack, and I was looking forward to the neat activities, but any time Jack is in a new environment, especially one with lots of environmental stimuli and structured activities, it is extremely challenging to keep him engaged, and to make him understand how to behave. We don’t have the luxury of me “giving him a look” and expecting him to understand to stop a behavior or be quiet. He just doesn’t register that type of change in facial expression. …continue reading