Goals for 2018: Week 36 of 52

Guys, it’s still too early to tell, but I feel like our lives are on the way up.  For the past 2.5 years, we’ve been on a really rough journey.  Two of our three kids were diagnosed with high functioning autism, and both of them were prone to severe meltdowns.

Our child who was first diagnosed with autism has been going to ABA therapy for seven weeks now, and I’m not going to lie, the first few weeks weren’t pretty as we saw an uptick in difficult behaviors.  But these last two weeks?  These last two weeks have been glorious.  In fact, this last week, there was only one 10 minute meltdown.

I’ve read that some parents of children with autism get diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and I can see why.  But these last two weeks, I feel a bit like I can breathe again and that, although we’re far from a normal life, we’re closer than we were seven weeks ago.

This week, our child who was just diagnosed this summer will start intensive ABA therapy.  I am prepared for three to four weeks of difficult behavior from this child because ABA is an adjustment, but then, then, I hope things turn around for this child, too.

So, for the next few weeks, I will continue to not focus on my goals.  Right now I see myself more like a plane that is circling the airport waiting for permission to land.  Another month or two, though, I hope to be conquering my goals and reading books again.

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