Day 9: Autism Awareness Blogathon
Last week I finished attending an eight week course run by our local Disability Services. I called it Mummy School, but they called it Triple P Stepping Stones. It’s a parenting course for families where there is a child with a disability.
I put my hand up to attend this course back in January when I was in the middle of school holiday madness. I was definitely losing my mind, trying to manage an aggressive little whirligig with red hair.
I’ve found over the last few years that even though you know a lot, there’s always more to learn, ideas to explore and techniques to use. Doing a course or reading a new book feeds me and I am happier knowing that no matter what, I will come out of the experience a little wiser one way or another.
It was held on a Wednesday night 6 till 9 and I decided to get a paid babysitter for the boys. I was lucky enough to get Ms P, one of the learning facilitators from L’s early intervention program last year. She knew the boys and in particular, she knew L and was really happy to spend a little time with him again. Expensive, but worth every cent.
I would leave in the middle of mayhem – boys somewhere between dinner, baths, teeth cleaning etc. and return to a house quiet, with the dishes done, all the toys put away – peace reigning throughout the land.
At the training we learned a whole series of preventative techniques – designed to help our kids stay the course, stick with the program and hang in for fun times. Then we learned an equal number of management techniques – designed to help our kids pull back from the brink, manage their feelings, learn about logical consequences and how to rejoin the family after a setback.
It was a small group, delivered by two experienced psychologists. It was wonderful to get to know the other participants and together we came out feeling like we could manage whatever was going on at home.
Serenity Now! Well, maybe not serenity but I’m certainly feeling a million times better for having done this course and for getting out of the house and doing something without the kids.