A very full day was had by all. Thankfully once again Owen slept all night. Me not so much. He needed a hug as soon as he got up and then he went to the bathroom. The dentist discussion was next. He was torn but very happy he was going to see his dentist. He was upset because he was going to miss the bus but he was happy to be going to the dentist. We had a couple of hours before we had to go to the dentist and so the dentist was pretty much all we discussed. I made it very clear to him that we would go by the depot one time before the dentist and then, depending on how his behavior we could go two times by the depot after we left. I wanted to make sure that he understood what we were doing. The order has caused him many meltdowns over the years when we’ve gone before. All the rules and all the meltdowns are hard to keep up with. The stress of the unknown is the stress of the known. We got ready to leave and we headed towards the depot. The whole way there he repeated one time by the depot and thankfully that’s what happened. We got to his appointment and we waited in the lobby for a few minutes. I could tell that he was in need of sensory input because he kept trying to sit in my lap and get hugs. He did great with the dentist and thankfully he doesn’t have any cavities and everything was fine with his teeth. He does have a loose tooth and that could be part of what is causing his sensory issues. His dentist explained to me that he was probably in more of the sensory overload because of his tooth being loose and it made complete sense to me. We left there and we drove two times by the depot. Then I took him to school. He wanted to make sure I was picking him up for therapy. I told him I would be back in the afternoon and we would go to Therapy. When I picked him up for therapy, he was smiling really big. He stopped me several times while walking to the car because he needed a hug. He had a great therapy session and this time I went in with him. I’m trying to go every other time with him so that he can experience both options. When he was with his physical therapist, I realized while talking to her that he doesn’t always look forward when he is trying to throw something and so that may be part of the reason he doesn’t throw or want to throw a ball or object forward. He can throw an object above him, but sending it directly in front of him is hard. When we left there he wanted to go by the windows. I told him since he did so well that I would take him. I can also tell he’s on high sensory alert because in the car he kept screaming about the directions we were going. We drove by the windows one time and he wanted to keep going. I told him we were going home, but we could drive by the windows another day. I’m always trying to stay one step ahead of the meltdowns. He did great once we got home until he looked out the window. It is so incredibly hard when someone parks near our house he can’t handle the different vehicles that are in front of us. He started screaming for me to close the window and fix the curtains. I try to get him to not open the windows, but he constantly does. I thought about putting up a screen or something to block the windows, but that just continues to circle the problem. He tried to pull up the “duck nose” picture he looks at in vision therapy. She showed him how to get to the file on Monday. He was upset because he looked through all his files on his computer and couldn’t find it. I am always amazed at how much he knows and how much he’s learned. I was able to show him the picture and I’ll be able to put it in one of the files for him. He fell asleep after coming to me one time. I’m thankful for a great day and most of all his smile that shines bright for this mama. Every day find a way to smile and make your heart content. Smiles to all and donut daze!
I'm Lynn Browder. Owen's Mommy. The best moments in time are when I get to see the smile on his face and that giggle come from his heart.