Recently my younger two children have started attending child care once a week. I’ve written a little about that over here.
When my older children were little they attended Family Day Care. To start with it was challenging as I suspect it always will be, but they adjusted quickly and came to love their ‘other’ family.
I’m finding an entirely different experience this time around.
My small girl is upset when I leave, but I know she settles in fairly quickly. She is an independent little thing and I know the time away from me and with other children is great for her.
My Little Mate with autism is another kettle of fish. When I picked him up last Friday his eyes were red rimmed from crying. The entire experience is very overwhelming for him. I’ve done and am doing everything I can to help him settle in but I must admit there is a part of me that just wants to pull the pin. It hurts my heart to see him confused and upset.
That said, I also know that I need the respite time. We have no one else here to help out with him and he shadows me 24/7. HE needs to start separating from me a little as well.
I made up this sign type thing to pop up in the centre in case there are emergency carers (or in case the carers there need a little reminder).
I feel like this is a whole new world for us. I’ve been assured that the fallout we are seeing during the week (some loss of language, hyperstimmy behaviour) is quite normal and in fact a good sign that he is holding it together while he is there to an extent. It is incredibly challenging, but I feel it is so important for both of us.
Has your child with autism attended child care? What helped them (and you) adjust to their new scenario?