Caleb is Student of the Week and while there are more weeks than students (everyone has to receive it!) still so very proud – and he got it for being the best at swimming (not skilled, but trying the hardest).
Part of Caleb’s Asperger’s Autism for him has involved a huge aversion to water, but holding him in a bath or the first swimming lesson meltdowns seem so much longer than 7 months. His swimming teacher has done an amazing job this year in his one on one lessons and I would love to be able to express to him how truly amazing Caleb’s progress is and how much his kind supportive words made a huge difference to Caleb - but teenage boys don’t really understand that kind of stuff.
There was a little hesitation with sending him on the school swimming lessons - in a group, having to get himself dressed and feeling over shadowed by other kids, but he has handled it beautifully.
It has been a really hard first year and at the start of term 3 he started his third school. The other schools weren’t bad they just didn’t suit him. There was a lot Mama guilt being carried around about not questioning and considering more, but some things can only be gauged from the inside. At the end of term now there is a huge sense of relief – he is much calmer and gaining so much more from school. It is a good week.