This oasis of calm is Michaels new school. A specialist autism school 5 minutes from our house. I think they built it with him in mind. His previous school was wonderful but it was decided he needed a special place more attuned to his needs. Jenni and Ant fought long and hard to get him a place and it turned out the education committee failed to notify them that there was a place in September. During a meeting about the boy a very embarrassed representative of the committee was put on the spot about it and he started part time 2 days later. It was apparent after a week that he had found his niche and last week he finally went full time.
The difference in him is amazing, he is trying new things everyday from foods to situations. He is making decisions that were previously impossible and the set in stone arrangements for him staying with us are now being changed by him. After 6 years I am now able to have weekends off and do those things that only occur on a Saturday. He is happy to stay with Mummy and Daddy at weekends or stay Friday night instead.
Its not that we don't want him here its that we want him to spend quality time at home especially in the summer. We will have him here anytime he wants and love every minute but Grandy gets tired and I am struggling with lack of sleep due to a frozen shoulder and carpal tunnel in my left arm and hand.
Good news yesterday that he will have transport from next week so the entire family can stop juggling things to get him too and from school - its too far from his house to walk and buses in Manchester are terribly unreliable nowadays. Things can then settle more for all concerned.
This morning he went in early to use the soft play area before school starts - what a fab start to the day! He was a little unsure as he had an accident in there last week but we mentioned it when we took him and they phoned Mummy to assure her he thoroughly enjoyed it - what more could you want!