We wish we could rid the school calendar of all the holidays, breaks, and teacher work days. Ryan and I do not enjoy days off from school. While all the stay at home moms are listing their teacher work day and holiday plans on Facebook (sleeping in, roller skating, play dates, movies, pizza lunches) Ryan and I are lamenting that our daily routine will be changing for 2 1/2 days.
Today is a half day of school. Ryan will be home at noon and trying to adjust to the fact that he won’t be eating lunch at school. “What’s next? What’s now?” will be the questions he’ll be asking over and over this afternoon. Children on the spectrum love routines. They need to know what’s happening each minute.
We won’t be going to the movies or out to lunch (too much over stimulation). But we will be checking off the items on our after school “to do” list. The structure will be calming and hopefully will help Ryan get through the rest of the day without too much anxiety, change in appetite, or the ability to sleep tonight. Something as simple as a “to do” list can save the day.