All good things.. blah blah…
Well, didn’t blog for a few days – sorry bout that. Thursday pm we had a psychologist assess Moo and come round for a chat. To my intense relief, she felt that Moo was displaying classic signs of a bright child dealing with the problems of Aspergers/high functioning autism. It sounds ridiculous but the last thing i needed was for her to not see the problems. She couldn’t believe the way Moo went through her tests/games – said she had never seen a child of that age be so methodical and persistant and so visually aware. All good things of course. She said that the problem her brightness brought was it gave her the ability to apparently “cope” and then collapse in private, which is of course why we get the flack after apparently nice days out etc. Anyway, she had sat with the very clued up nursery person and had observed several things that she found very telling, rigid behaiours, routines etc and the nursery assistant could say about a lot more. Couple with what i could tell her she thought it was very likely that she would be dx’d with Aspergers.
It may sound strange, but its an enormous relief. At least with a dx she will get some support and we can gain some understandings about her. I know i “haven’t” been imagining it all, but i have sometimes wondered if i have willed it/caused it/blah blah – now i can start to relax and ignore everything but getting it right for her. There is just nothing worse than having to justify her or explain constantly that its not just spoiling her to treat her needs differently but actually essential for all our sanity. Its such an invisible problem in someways, except to us; its not like she is unable to cope, its that coping is so hard for her. Its like me trying to understand how being colourblind changes life – i can’t comprehend it and i know its hard to comprehend her for the same reason.
Anyway. Thursday Fran and i installed the new printer/scanner/copier and watched the Making of the Wizard of Oz. (IT and drama!!!!)
Friday the kids were completely vile to one another for pretty much the whole day. We did have Aunty Kate over and we also went to our HE group. One of the big girls has started doing a drama session in it and Fran had good fun with that, doing hat improvisation. Moo and Scruff played with lego – the smallest size we don’t use yet – clearly we are READY to use it! Must get out in the garage…. Came home and discussed sun moon and stars, gravity, seasons, the universe and i answered a million questions (hedged a bit on did the moon have gravity, why do people on the bootom of the world not get headaches and why does the moon spin so we only see one side) *argh*
When we got back my bead order arrived so i let her help me unpack it and count off all the stock. Its all packed in 10’s, so we did a good bit of if i have 3 packs of 10, how many are there? (she got it all right too!) and counted the pots in 5’s; she also piled similar looking things up according to code numbers which i figured counts as practise in attention to detail.
Today we all lazed this morning, never got to ice skating cos we played all morning. Then we did a bit of this and that and me and the big girls walked to the library where we procured several pooh bear ladybird books, a sun and moon book, a killer whale book and sundry others. A good trip (even if libraries are still scary!) Finshed off with a bit of elc spinning wheel painting and lots of stories.