Last year this time around we were busy seeking admissions for my daughter to a different school.In another two months we would be heralding the new year. I know it is a little too early to say “The year that was”. If I were to do a quick recap of the year it has been, we changed the schools for both kids, had some good holidays,introduced the I- pod and the I- pad to them , prologue2go the AAC device,keyboard classes for Ramam.The entire effort has been to provide a better ,brighter future for the kids. And every year it is the same story. We try some new therapies, discontinue some, all the time trying to offer the best possible resources (permutations and combinations)for the children.
Every new year eve I have the same prayers,let this be a wonderful year for them, let them pick skills that shall help them along the way. And this is so very true for Ramam. These are not only about skills that may provide him livelihood but also things that he can pursue as hobbies. As the Horlicks ad goes Bigger, Better, Stronger every year.
I have been having this recurrent thought off late.When you talk of preparing them for the future ,it still seems a long way ahead.But when you put a question to yourself “When you move yourself away from the scene, can he survive?” Then there seems an urgency of purpose.In the endless stream of schools ,therapists, you are the only constant factor.Survival skills seem to be most crucial.Can he get ready and go to school by himself? No,but there are kids who can.This is what I should be looking at.This is also where probably setting a process in place helps either by a visual schedule or some other mode where the child does not have to take directions from anybody.
So, then my wait for Diwali Holidays have begun, that I seem to be living in between hols.When Ramam is such a constant factor during the hols ,it takes me a half a day to readjust to his absence,and swing back into action.