Lots of big news! We now have scripts for neurologist appointments, applied behavioral analysis, genetics consult, a social program through All Children’s and a prescription for some mood stabilizing medication, which should last no longer than 6 weeks. Or at least we are hoping. I wish school would be in session so we can really see if it is helping her or not. We just started it, almost a week ago and every night she takes it, she gets more worked up and it takes even longer for her to get to sleep. Which is crazy because it is supposed to help her sleep better. Tonight * fingers crossed * seems to be a little better, lets hope she’s actually asleep before 10:30 PM! Lots of steps forward, I am very curious about the results of the genetics test and the neurologist visit.
So Selena has been roughing it through summer school and it ended last Thursday so now she’s full time at her babysitters and that’s going well. She takes such good care of Selena, we couldn’t be more lucky and blessed to have crossed paths with her. They have 2 adorable puppies, well I call all dogs puppies, but only 1 actually is. They are SO CUTE! I would like to be hopeful that they get along really well, and nothing has shown us otherwise. There are some other kids that go over there as well, so it’s nice that she gets to hang out with other children, non spectrum kids. I say that in a good way, not in a condescending way at all! But it is nice for her to be able to interact with other children, ASD or not! *Although, now that I think about it, everyday this week, Selena has been asking if she’s going back to school the next day, I keep having to tell her not yet. Maybe I’ll make her a countdown to school chart or something, that will be fun! Oh yea!!! Super fun craft idea!! I’ll get some supplies so we can make a chart or pouch calendar or something of equal awesomeness, one for each girl, that way each day, they can add to it until we get to the day school starts! Oh yea, take that Martha.
She’s been licking almost every bite of her food now before she eats it. It’s not really a problem, she just likes to lick the food and usually it falls off and makes a mess. Also it prolongs dinner to a longer activity, which isn’t a bad thing either. Just odd behavior, or so we think. Dinner has been going quite a bit better, now that we have a potty break right before dinner, she doesn’t feel compelled to rush to the bathroom right in the middle of dinner. We are working on the conversation at dinner, like I said last time, we go around the table and talk about our favorite parts of the day. Some days we can barely get one squeezed out, and other days they recap the whole day! We don’t feel that Selena fully understands what a day is, or she just doesn’t understand in the way we ask her. When it comes up to her turn at the table, she almost always says, “I had fun.” and doesn’t really variate from it. Other times, when she does get into detail, sometimes she says she enjoys activities from the day prior and not in the here and now. Even when we take our time and explain it to her, she still doesn’t seem to understand what we are saying. Ah well, with time.
We are making progress, slowly but surely, and finally getting the medical diagnosis of Selena having Autism is such a huge step in the right direction. Now to get all the tests underway and get some results! Looking forward to having the girls over tomorrow night for dinner! As we get closer to seeing them, Selena gets so excited and anxious for tomorrow to come!