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Transition Time September 8, 2008

Posted by hopeauthority in Autism, Children, Family, Health, Uncategorized.
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Bet you didn’t know that I’m  the woman in the famous back-to-school shopping commercial where the mom is dancing in the aisle to the tune “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

Well, actually, I’m not really  her. But I could have been.

It’s not that I don’t adore my two kids. I do. My daughter’s summer was 2 1/2 months long. My son attended a six-week summer session in his school district to discourage regression. That program ended on August 13th. I don’t know how long his 3 week vacation felt to him, but it felt like 3 months to me!

Okay, that sounded harsh. But I’m talking about the transitions. Transitions are a bitch!

First, there was the transition from regular school to summer school–a new building, new staff, new busdriver, new routine. Then, just when that was getting comfortable, there was the transition to no routine at all.  No school, no bus, no teachers, no demands.  And last week, we transitioned again. Back to the regular school, but a new classroom, new teacher and aides, new busdrivers, some new classmates…

Most “typical” people are resistant to change. Change causes stress. Even positive change–like a wedding or a great new job–causes stress.

Realize how hard it is on our little ones to undergo these disruptions. So many of our kids thrive on routine. So many can’t verbalize what they are feeling. If the new routine is hard on you, try to remember how hard it is on them.

Cut him some slack when–in the three seconds you turned around to get his jacket–he completely undressed and ran out the door to his bus.

In another week or so, the transition tension will taper off. You’ll watch the bus turn the corner, morning coffee in hand.  And, yes, you will skip up the driveway with a song in your heart.  

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

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