I have been thinking!
I don't generally put too much thought into thinking about autism and the impact it has on our family!
If I did, I would probably end up in that not so nice place 'up country' (Durbanites will know the place I mean!!).
However, I have been thinking that I would like to give a brief explanation of why I do what I do with Nick! Yes, I do realise that it is not necessary to explain myself and frankly, my journey with autism is not that spectacular!!
The one therapy (besides O.T, Physio and SLT) that I have chosen to do with Nick is not one that is widely used in South Africa! The general thinking in this country is that Relationship Development Intervention is a bit 'out of the box' ....so to speak!! It is a therapy that really pulls in the parents - I have gone from... handing my child over to other people... to taking on the responsibility of creating a truly meaningful relationship between myself and my child! That has got to be good - don't you think?! :)
Why do I bother, when life would be so much easier if I just hand over that iPad and let Nick do whatever he wants to keep himself happy? Sometimes I wonder!!!!! However, I want to give him the opportunity to experience life, I want him to be at ease with new surroundings/people/LIFE! It would be remiss of me to not use the opportunity to improve his quality of life..... and therefore mine!
For me - RDI fits our family. There is something quite special about addressing the developmental stages that Nick has missed out on. I will be honest and admit that I am not completely driven to put in 100% effort, however, the balance I have created is working well for now!
..... and when life gets a bit overwhelming........
I do something about it!
even if it meant freezing my butt off at a very boring rugby match!
(I spent more time checking out the comings and goings of the teenagers!!)
Thanks to my friend who reminded me that it is always possible to make a plan!