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My son Peter has high level autism and goes to a special school, and because we live not too far from London the school sent us information on an annual *special children's day* at London zoo. Problem is Andy doesn't want to (or can't) drive there so if we want to go we'll need to go by train. Peter has never been on either a train or a tube, so I was wondering how others with autism react to Trains, tubes and even worse escalators.

I realize that not all in the autistic spectrum would react in a particular way. I just wonder if the stress of the journey would out-weight the benefits of the visit. 
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So much for my daily Autism Info...

So, I just realized that I haven't really been here for the last two weeks.  And, I only stopped by briefly twice the week before.  The biggest issue that kept me away is personal and I cannot really talk about it at the moment.  However, I have also been quite busy with my boys and their educational future.

I have gotten through both Charley and Sam's IEP (IEP: Individual Education Plan) meetings.  Charley's was first and I left feeling wonderful!  He is making so much progress and his teachers and therapists seemed very happy that I am doing the same things at home as they are doing in the classroom.  Basically, we are reinforcing each other's work and Charley benefits terrifically from it.  There were a few comments about how nice it was that we work with Charley and home and are on the same page with his learning and progress.  I actually felt like a good mom.

Sam's meeting was very informative.  Again, I am on the same page as his teachers.  They also brought up the ESY (ESY: Extended School Year) possibility.  I did not think that ESY was available in our district.  They brought it up hestitantly, worrying that I would not be happy about it.  I am excited!  I can only see the benefit.  Sam is in kindergarten this year - half day.  And, he has trouble getting through the day without a meltdown.  He is making so much progress but with just over a month left of school plus summer off plus going to school for a full day next year, I can only see him losing the skills he has struggled to gain.  I can't wait until they get back to me with more info!

Sorry, not very informative overall, but this has been about half of my waking life these last couple weeks.  To end on a fun note...

This afternoon, I uttered number 1403 in the series of sentences I never imagined I would ever say:
"Sam, spit out the giraffe while you're on the swing!"
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Autism info of the day...

Sorry, my allergies are wretched today.  And worse, the boys' are feeling the pain as well.  So, not so much 'info' today... how about a few quotes...

"Not everything that steps out of line, and thus 'abnormal,' must necessarily be 'inferior." - Hans Asperger

"If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not - because then I wouldn't be me. Autism is part of who I am." - Temple Grandin

"Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and encounter, every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person." -Jim Sinclair

"Many autistics are told that they are broken, diseased, and dysfunctional. This is simply untrue. My wish for all autistics is that they will realize their self-worth and not believe the myth that they are someone that needs fixing." - Patti Shepard

"I am not defective. I am different..." - Liane Holliday Willey

"Autism to me is not 'wrong', not subhuman, not a collection of deficits, it is simply 'other'. Another reality. And like anything different, it is going to jar." - Beth Silver
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Autism info of the day...

8 Tips for Handling Holidays


Routines and structure are more difficult to maintain during the chaos of the holidays, and kids with autism must deal with new faces, places and a disruption of their schedules. And, since many children with autism are also sensitive to noise, touch and light, the din of the holidays can become disorienting and overwhelming. This can mean a new level of stress and anxiety.



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