Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Proud

4964774973_ea4f1fea82_m 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.

14 comments:

Jo (sparkly green knickers) said...

Well done Caleb for all of your achievements this year!

Lisa said...

Well done Caleb. So happy to hear he has found a school that he is happy at. Don't feel guilty Cindy, YOU should feel proud that you are taking the chances at different schools and making sure it's the right one for Caleb.

Andi said...

Go Caleb!!!!
(And yay Cindy and Glen for being parents of the year!!!)

Stomper Girl said...

I got a little tear in my eye reading that. Go Caleb! And go you guys for persevering so that he's happy and coping. You know, unlike my bitch SIL who does nothing to help her autistic child cope, and consequently his life and the life of anyone near him like his little brother or school-mates is in turmoil. So, so sad.

Bellgirl said...

Go Caleb, go Caleb's mum!

Sally said...

That is such a fantastic post. So super. Well done Caleb - you're inspirational.

sophie said...

YAY Caleb - you rock little man!! (and you are a terrific mum Cindy!)

teddybearswednesday said...

Big Bravo to Caleb, what a champ, he really is a bit of hero. And so are you mum xo

m.e (Cathie) said...

yay well done Caleb! and well done to you for being such a great patient and supporting mum.

Karen said...

Oncgratulations to Caleb - and to you and Glen for having the strength of purpose to move Caleb as meeded to a new school to find what is best for him.
Well done all!

PottyMouthMama said...

I felt a bit teary reading this Cindy. I feel proud of him too. I love that shot of him - so full of happiness. Well done Caleb, reach for the stars. x

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

That is so good Cindy. GO caleb oyu little champion!

Tania said...

There is a whopping smile on this dial. As well as a little wobbly lower lip. HALLULUJAH MAMA!

Stacey said...

That is a good week. I can only agree with what Lisa said. Good on you for continuing to search for a school that's right for your boy.