My oldest boy was asked yesterday how he thought M was coping with the new school term and he said, “We’re just watching and waiting.” He meant that we were expecting a backlash to all the changes and it was just a case of when. It happened this morning. Anyone who lives within a ten mile radius might have heard the screams that accompanied the morning routine, from a simple request to choose a pair of socks to her younger brother looking at her the “wrong” way.
I am amazed she ate her breakfast, but I can only assume hunger must have over-ridden anxiety at that precise moment. We had the repeated phrase “school is stupid” right until she was putting on her shoes and the fight went out of her. She went into school calmly but of course I am now assuming that she will have reverted to needing a lot of cuddles and down time as soon as she is back home again. She is also coping with an extra half hour as the juniors finish at 3 pm not 2.30 as she did in the infants class. It is bound to be tiring her.
I found the time to write a note about this morning in her contact book and made sure the teacher and PSA would read it first thing – maybe they can devise some plan to help her self calm during the school day.
She lasted two days before it all went wrong. With full time support and a tiny school. Autism sucks at times.