Regular readers of this blog would know that my youngest child, Mr 3, was diagnosed with an autistic disorder back in March. So since that time, he (and I!) have been attending the Early Childhood Developmental Program (ECDP) at Talara Primary School. We’ve been going to their Wednesday morning playgroup, and my little man has been learning more about following directions and socialising appropriately.
But that was last term. Now, it’s all changed.
Now, he’s three-and-a-half. He can no longer attend the playgroup; he now attends the ‘Kindy’ part of the program. And instead of ‘parent must attend with the diagnosed child’ (which meant that my middle child, Miss 4, needed to go to my mum’s every Wednesday morning) now it’s a case of ‘parent must leave the child’ – meaning that Miss 4 no longer needs to go to Grandma, but can stay with me. Which also means that we need no longer make the trip to Currimundi, but can go to the closer ECDP, at Beerwah Primary.
So we started there last week. The boy went to Beerwah Primary and I went to another local playgroup with the girl. It was really quite strange, spending time with her and her alone – it happens VERY rarely! But I think that these new arrangements this term will be a blessing. This is her last term before she starts Prep next year, so I want to make the most of my time with her before I lose her for the majority of the week – every week. She’s such a good kid; always trying her hardest; always wanting to please. And talk about bright! She’ll be ahead of her peers when she starts next year, I think!