About a month or so ago, I did a Motivation Monday post on Why I Run? If you are new and want to find out, you can read it HERE. The jist- it has a lot to do with my oldest son Peyton (3) who was recently diagnosed with Autism. Recently we have been struggling some and having some really hard days, one in particular. I don't feel like rehashing it all, but lucky for you I did rant post about it on my other blog, so if you really want to, you can read about it HERE. Look at all this external reading you could do, just pretend it is SSR at school.
Anyways, I just wanted to share how things are going for us now. We are learning more and more through his therapies. He definitely seeks out sensory input which causes him to be loud, violent (not just toward others but himself), and super adventurous. To compensate we are supposed to do lots of rough play. This means he definitely does not like being pent up in the house all day. In order to help with both this and his social skills (which are severely lacking) we are putting him into our school district's special ed preschool. We feel like this will be good for him in so many ways. Just getting to a playground everyday will be great, but he will get to work on interacting with other kids and following rules, plus work on his fine motor skills. In addition to this I also want to get him into gymnastics once a week and possibly get a membership to our local children's museum. Of course, this is all quickly adding up, luckily the preschool is free and they are helping us get help with the therapy costs, but Peyton is getting expensive. I really feel for those who have conditions so much worse than this and have to pay thousands a month instead of just hundreds. So now we are on the lookout for new jobs, but don't want to go to far if possible (perfect to be picky in this economy!)
But that is the technical crap, now onto the wonderful side of things. Peyton is communicating better than ever! Sure most of it is still echolalia, but some of it is rehearsed Peyton! With the scrub brush we have been using, we can even get him to calm down enough to cuddle with us occasionally! And he loves our outings. Just this weekend we went to a Pumpkin patch/ corn maze that had a ton of activities for kids, and we spent almost the whole time doing the kids hay maze. He loved the freedom to just run around, and he actually figured out how to get out of there by himself! I will leave you with a few pictures from our weekend!
Grandma needed a photo
The Hay Mazers! All my sisters, and all the grandbabies minus the newest.
Our other son, Brady, and Me (he's just happy to be there!)
Oh, and in true running related news, I have to get out there and run tonight! I have tons of new stuff from giveaways and upcoming reviews to try out and I need to hit the open road to do it! Plus, I am just going crazy not running. Never, ever thought I would be saying that! So, dang the knees and Hello streets of Chehalis! How bad can one run be on them anyways?
Don't forget to enter our giveaway for Chrissy's Knee High Socks Here! 3 people will be sporting 3 new pairs!