Today was a day! The only thing to do is to jump right in it and share the stories. You can make your own determination on how you think the day went. Here is our A Close Call and See Ya Later!
Homeschooling has had its ups and down, but when it comes down to it, we have come to the realization that Carter hates doing repetitive math. The workbooks we are currently using has about 42 math problems a page, and if Carter continues the four page per subject a day rule, that makes him doing roughly more that 160 math problems a day. That is just too much, so we have to look over the actual curriculum and see what we can do to ease that massive burden of problem after problem.
Today was Carter’s last day with his ABA therapist Mr. B. We didn’t expect him to get too worked up, we had a few plans to keep him busy. For instance we took the kids to Olive Garden because they cannot stop thinking about lasagna due to their Garfield addiction.
However, Carter got pretty upset about this being the last day with Mr. B. You have to remember that Carter had spent 20 hours a week with him, even while his Dad was deployed. No matter what your opinion is with ABA, just having Carter spend so much time with someone and building a relationship with this other person has to create some sort of affection. Carter started to tear up and was visible upset that the day was over and Mr. B. was moving on to another child tomorrow.
It almost makes you second guess moving, or at least just feeling bad for the little feller. This is the first person outside of our immediate family that Carter has shed tears over because they were leaving for a long period of time. Kinley has had plenty of friends and hates it when we move away. Carter hasn’t gone through that with any friends and Mr. B. was just that to him. Now he didn’t have a meltdown or anything, he was just plain sad. You could see it in his face and it just made everyone sad.
Another aspect today was the trip to the Olive Garden. There was a portable kiosk on the table that you could order from and pay, as well as some games. There was only one, so we told Carter he couldn’t play it and had to wait until we got home for his IPad or Nintendo.
Then the mini-meltdown started and he was angry. Mixed with Mr. B, he was having a hard time today getting told no. However, five minutes later after talking to him and explaining why he couldn’t, he calmed himself right down. He just stopped, ready to get on with the day. He even ordered mac and cheese, which can take anyone by shock at this point.
The last thing to talk about is…moving. We have had to run around and get medical records, dog shot records, everything we need to prepare for our trip to TN that is coming up soon. We have finally found a place to live and have been approved to move in. Over half of the house is packed up and time is getting close. What to do, it’s time to move.
A Close Call and See Ya Later
So, today we have a close call at the Olive Garden, a see ya later with Mr. B, and a little more. Not the most exciting day, but a little bit of progress can make us feel great. Carter is getting better and controlling his transitions, show affection for someone other than a family member, and the moving process is non stop. What do you think?
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