This week our word of the week is
and our little superstar has been quite emotional about it all.
I feel we have let Ethan down a bit with his school transition as we haven’t really sat down and ‘talked’ about what is going to happen. I’m sure with a ‘neurotypical’ child you would talk about starting school in passing and you would know their level of understanding. I’m sure they would also ask questions and you would be able to answer them. This is where we have failed.
Of course we have talked about starting school with Ethan but we have no idea if he understands what we are saying to him. He has had his trial days and we made sure he wore his uniform hoping that he will visually make the connection. He knows the name of his school and he vocalises it back. But could we have done more?
So this was our week to start saying our goodbyes to Ethan’s normal day-to-day routine. It started with an unexpected goodbye at BounceAbility, an activity that Ethan has taken part in for well over a year now. When we arrived and we told Ethan it was his time to go on the trampoline he just repeatedly said NO. It even brought him to tears. So even though Ethan had one more appointment next week we decided it was time we call it a day. We have no idea what unnerved him and can only think he knows that a change is happening and it has unnerved him.
On Wednesday it was Ethan’s last day at nursery, a place that he has gone to since he was just under two and a half. This means it has been part of his routine for half of his life!
They had arranged a leaving circle for Ethan and we were asked to come in fifteen minutes before leaving time. As soon as we got there Even kept saying BYE and ended up in tears whilst all of his classmates sang his favorite songs for him. Ethan could have cried for many reasons, possibly because we didn’t leave like he expected, because he knew it was his last day or it was just too overwhelming for him. I felt sorry for his key workers but you always have to expect the unexpected with Ethan.
After the goodbyes it’s time to move on to Ethan’s next big adventure…