Sunday, September 4, 2011

Going out in Public


Today is Labor Day and Chris is working overtime. This is good in many ways because it will allow us to catch up on some things that we have been behind on for a while as we recover financially. There are a lot of things that we can take care of with the money he makes from overtime. Like a bed that isn't kept up on car jacks in our room for starters and we need a new computer tower for school. The bad thing about this is that I am forgoing our church Labor Day Picnic.

While some may not think it is a big deal. However, not everyone faces the challenge of a child with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified which is classified as an Autism Spectrum Disorder. For Elizabeth this means impulse control issues, she becomes easily excited AND overstimulated and she tends to have two voice volumes - loud and louder; to name a few issues. It also means that there are certain things I don't do - even as she makes gains. I do not give her access to lots of sugar or food that have red/green food coloring in it. They tend to set off her aggressive tendencies. I do not allow her to watch certain types of movies/TV shows. She has such a vivid imagination and the images stay with her. But more importantly I do not do gatherings in large areas or large groups without Chris there to help me out. He takes on Rebekah and I keep my eye on Elizabeth. This is especially important when there are going to be people nearby that I don't know very well. Sometimes, there are people who do not have good intentions and it is important to always watch your child even if they don't have special needs. However, Elizabeth is so friendly and she wants others to like her so much that she is easily swayed to do things she shouldn't or that could hurt her.

Fortunately, living in Everett, we've discovered a church that has people who are very understanding, including our pastor. Facing certain challenges it helps to have a family of God that understands. I hope that soon we will won't have to worry about these things either because Chris doesn't have to work overtime, or because Elizabeth is able to keep her impulses under control better.

I hope you all have a good Labor Day. Happy Holiday to all of you.
Love in Christ,
Maureen

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