Today was day ONE back at therapy for term 3....
Every Thursday James has occupational therapy and speech therapy.
We have just finished a two week break from therapy.
Normally during the school holidays he still has some therapy but aside from home based therapy we decided to have a break this time around.
Now having no therapy could go either way.
Either we are unsettled from no structure or we are calm, cool and collected and enjoying some rest.
This time around we have all enjoyed a REST.
It's been nice. It's been nice not having to race around like crazy people and we have gone with the flow.
This school holidays the weather has been beautiful.
We have enjoyed lots of outside play at all the local parks.
Filling the vitamin D tanks, making the most of fresh air not to mention all the sensory input for James.
Someone recently said to me on one of my posts ( a post about how nice our break has been) how important balance is. Therapy yes but rest and play are also really important.
NOW if you had of said that to me a year ago I would say 'NO, autism doesn't sleep so why should we'.
I had in my mind that the more I did the better he would become.
When James was diagnosed and even before I implemented everything I could.
I was going to build the best team ever.
We threw ourselves into social interactions, external therapy, home therapies, limiting anxiety, supplements... EVERYTHING.
I used the internet to guide the things I did because I didn't yet have a diagnosis or anyone to guide me with what we should be doing.
We started therapy and back then I had to drive an hour each way to OT and and hour each way to speech.
I would constantly be encouraging him to play with new things.
Working on his speech through play.
Tactile exercises. Always playing with play doh, water or sand, back then James had issues with touching textures.
I threw us into everything because our awesome psychologist told us we could change the course so I researched and we dove straight into autism life.
I literally wouldn't rest.
Up until this last holidays James has always done therapy through the holidays.
BUT I was burnt out.
I needed a chance to not be ruled by a schedule.
James has a rigid schedule during the term and multiple specialist appointments slotted all over the place too, add that to everyday life and Scars needs and I was BEAT.
So today, day ONE of therapy AND he smashed it!!!!
James OT was blown away with his interaction and expression.
His speech therapist was happy with his work TOO.
We have had an amazing therapy day.
It's taken me a year and 6 months of diagnosis to realise REST and PLAY are just as important.
So thank you to the person who said that to me, I really appreciate it, you planted that seed and it grew in my mind.
Just now James is sitting in front of me building a train track and he screams out, ' I am so proud of you, this track looks amazing'....
And there you have it.... my positive parenting is paying off!
So Term 3 is about balance... work, rest and play all encased in a big bussed of LOVE, positivity and RESPECT.
How can we not win!