I’ve been so busy being apoplectic online about the DeNiro/ Vaxxed controversy, I had forgotten I needed to book in the preschool booster. Oops. Finally today was the day.
In preparation we looked at photos of the doctors’ surgery. Little A loves it there, of course he does there’s a train track.
We also got out the doctor’s set to practice injections. A rare bit of pretend play which mainly involved banging the syringe into the table. Using the visual timetable, we were off…
We support Junior Doctors
All went pleasingly well until the first injection went in. Little A looked so very disappointed in me, “don’t like it Mummy!” He did eventually listen to “sit still” after a few tears. We did it though. Thank goodness for that.
We’re home, watching Thomas with the track out. Our new Thomas and Friends Library books arrived just in time. Think he’s just about forgiven me for the betrayal.
Little A has a lot of anxiety leaving home. He loves going out and about but getting him there is not fun. Complete corridor meltdowns are frequent.
It has been a learning curve to battle this. Lots of visual prompts, sketch pictures and now photos and we are getting there.
To help him and because he loves his books I finally made him a going out book. I’m not sure if it’s officially a social story, more of a list “I like going to the garden, I can take out my toys” including photos. The place is accompanied by something very motivating for him like walking, taking the scooter or visiting the cafe.
It’s working and we have been for an outing at least two out of four at home days for the last few weeks.
As I want to sometimes venture beyond our home town, I have included some of our favourite places like Kew Gardens, the Splash Zone at Chessington and OF COURSE the London Transport Museum. Well he has woken up everyday this week and the first thing he said “want to go a London Transport Museum, going on the train” And good morning to you too son.
Today I finally gave in. I had to wait for a reasonably short tantrum to finish (just 20 minutes) but after that I grabbed our ticket and we’re on our way.
I wouldn’t say it’s a failed tactic. After another day trapped at home yesterday, I appreciate an outing but I’d really hoped to take him next week.
It seems like we are going to have to work on timing and preparation. The level of motivation of somewhere so cool as LTS is far beyond Little As impulse control at the moment.
Haven’t been keeping this blog for a while which is a shame, I love writing. I love my life with little boy. I love looking for the fun and funny things that happen in our days.
However a lot has been going on for Little A. Turns out A, amongst other things, is for Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
The acts of learning about it, reading about it, living it has weighed heavily on us this year. It occurs to me though I should write still because there are many highs and lows but also this is a chance to see the joy in my life with Little A.
If you want show support the National Autistic Society are lighting up a map of supporters in the UK.