On a Lighter Note…

I kind of just realized that my last two posts here were kind of doom and gloom.  I do want to clarify that even though things with Taylor aren’t so hot at school (but she has loved her weekly visits to her old school-go figure) she’s been doing really well at home.

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Lately it seems like Taylor’s need (or want) for independence has been on the increase.  Along with that has also been an increase in testing her boundaries.  =)

She cracked me up the other day… she was wanting to sit on the arm of the couch…a no-no in our house (even for her).  Doug and I were repeatedly telling her to sit on the couch.  She’d slide off the arm onto the couch, then watch us to see if we were paying attention, then she’d smile like she was Sneaky McSneakerson and sit right back up on the arm. 

It was all I could do not to laugh.  Even Doug had a hard time not laughing.  It was right about then that she threw us a curve.  She was back on the arm of the couch and Doug said “Taylor, sit down, now.”

Taylor looks him dead in the eye and says “No!”  Then dissolves in to giggles, but still stayed on the arm!  I lost it!  My sweet, (mostly) non verbal little girl was giving us some verbal attitude!

If it had been Aaron or Emma, they probably would have gotten in trouble.  But we were caught so off guard with this we didn’t really know how to react without sending the wrong signal.  We did make her move off of the couch, but praised her for her talking.  It was kind of a difficult decision…I was proud of her even though she was being openly defiant!

Later that night when we put her to bed we told her goodnight and she responded with “Bye!”  My heart melted right there.

Instances like this give me so much hope.  It’s days like that one that make the bad days seem “not so bad”.  Days like that make all the heartache and struggle worth every second.

Progress is there.  Some days it’s small, other days it’s huge.  But it’s always there.  I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us.

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A Rough Road

I was really hoping to do an update post saying that despite the rough start, Taylor is now fully adjusted to Kindergarten.

It’s just not happening.

Things are going so poorly, in fact,  that we are going to try moving her back to her old school.

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Ironically, when we were considering Taylor’s kindergarten options, we were told that she could stay at that school.  Then we were told she had to go to the school in our community.

No problem there, because the school system and their autism program are wonderful.

But, unfortunately, all the changes (read: new school, new people, new schedule) are proving to be more than she can handle.

Now, here we are, more than halfway through the school year, and now we are looking at sending her back.

This time around we’re going about it slowly.  She is going to visit her potential new classroom every Thursday (in the afternoon, she’s already in that building in the morning for swim and gym) for the month of March.

I am a bit apprehensive, though.

This apprehension is not something I’m holding back, I’ve fully voiced it with her teachers and therapists.

I’m all for Taylor going back to her old school, if she adjusts well.  But the thing is, this is the last school year that that school will be open.  Another school is being built to replace this school.  It opens this fall.

So, come September, she would be starting in another new building.  Same people/teachers, but new building.

Therein lies my apprehension.

We already dumped her in one new building, with new people and we know how badly that turned out.

I just don’t want to move her, only to move her again  and have her really shut down.

*sigh*

Sometimes I feel that I am so totally not cut out for this.

That’s when I step back, take a deep breath, and think to myself  “Everything happens for a reason.”

I just wish I knew what the reason was.

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Struggling

Taylor has been in Kindergarten for a little over 2 months now and I would be lying if I told you she’s doing wonderfully.

The fact is, she’s struggling, and it shows.

She loves going to school, but to her it’s a game.  She enjoys her day, but when it comes to doing any “work” and participating in things like gym she outright refuses.

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I was so sure she’d transition into this new school well.  Not seamlessly, but well.  She usually does so well with big transitions…until now, that is.

It almost seems like she has regressed.

Regressed.

I hate that word.  It sucks.

Her teachers and therapists don’t really think she’s regressed, but they do think she’s “protecting” herself.  In other words, she’s built up another wall and she’s hiding behind it.

I say “another” because it seems like there are many walls around her.  I wish we could break them down all at once, but this is a process, and a lengthy one at that.

So, we are pushing on day by day.  She has her good days and her not so good days.  I should mention that when she has a bad day that Taylor is not necessarily bad.  She will just refuse to work, but smile and laugh about it.  Have I ever mentioned that she’s really a happy kid??  

I’m glad she’s not “really bad” like destructive and stuff like that.  That is definitely a relief.  =)

Doug and I are disappointed by this turn of events because we had (and still do have) high hopes that Kindergarten would really be a big turning point in Taylor’s life.  We are trying to be optimistic, though.  Hopefully, it won’t be long until things improve.

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Chalk This One up to Karma

Remember Adam Jasinski? I sure do.  He’s the jerkface guy that caused all the controversy on Big Brother 9 by using the R- word in reference to autistic children.  As a supposed “advocate” for disabled people, his remarks caused an uproar in the autistic community.

We haven’t heard too much from him in the past few months.  And that’s fine by me.  But today, a story popped up on several internet news sites about our old nemesis friend Adam.

Mr. BB9 winner (I didn’t even know he won.  How sad.) “was arrested Saturday as part of a drug-trafficking bust after attempting to sell 2,000 oxycodone pills to an undercover government witness”.  I guess he found a use for the prize money he won on BB9!

“If convicted, he faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment, with three years’ subsequent supervised release and a $1 million fine.”  Again, so sad.

I seriously believe that this dude’s bad Karma finally caught up to him!

I just have one thing to say:  Have fun in the pokey, Adam!

(SOURCE: E! ONLINE)

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It’s a Blogoversary!

Today, Life Unscripted is 3!

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I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since the start of this blog!  In celebration of turning 3, here’s a photo of Taylor from 3 years ago…

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And Taylor now…

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Isn’t it amazing what happens in 3 years?  =)

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Two Weeks & Counting

Last week Taylor finished her summer classes.  In doing so, she wrapped up her 3 and a half year stint at her school.  Which means:  Taylor’s starting KINDERGARTEN!

On September 8th, she will offically be a kindergartener.  I’m really excited for her.  Not only does she get to go to a new school (which is a lot closer to home), but she will get to go full days!  I’m not sure how we’ll handle it (I’m sure she’ll do better than me…she LOVES school!), it’s going to be a huge transition.  But I really have no doubt that things will be great!

My little girl is growing up!  [Sniff!]

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Happy Birthday, Taylor!

My sweet little girl is 6 years old today.

I have no idea where the last 6 years have gone.

She has grown up so quickly, in a blink of an eye.

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Love you, Taters.

Happy Birthday. =)

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