Today was Aiden’s last day of speech therapy and OT with the therapists that he has worked with for the past year. It has been a year filled with up’s and down’s but all in all it was harder then I thought it was going to be to have to say goodbye. I don’t like goodbyes & I hate saying them to begin with. Aiden said bye to them and then ran downstairs to play, he was ready to take a break from working. He came back upstairs a little bit after they left, crying and saying “No more Katie? No more Renee?” He wasn’t ready to have to say goodbye to them either.
They have been there since the beginning. They were there with us before we went to the neurologist and got the first autism diagnosis, they were with us through going to the developmental clinic, they were with us through everything with his food allergies, they were with us through every test, evaluation, questionnaire, etc. I feel like they became part of our family. We will miss seeing them every tuesday morning.
Now it is time to start a new chapter. One that includes school, new therapists, a group of super special kiddos and lots of changes. I am so excited to see what the future has for Aiden. I am excited to see the progress he is going to make on this new journey. He has friends who understand him & can relate to him in a way that we can’t.
There is no greater feeling in all of these changes then knowing there are these wonderful kids who accept him just the way he is, without judgement. He has teachers who accept him without judgement & can’t stop beaming about how wonderful he is. As a parents who faces constant stares, judgements & unhelpful advice about how to teach my child to behave it’s nice to know that he has a safe place other then here at home with us. That is a relief that words can’t begin to express.