Today was Jude’s turn to have a summer party at school... After how much hard work Tommy’s was yesterday I was debating whether to go or not. Whenever Jude sees me at school he just thinks I’m there to take him home, so I didn’t want to confuse or upset him, but after speaking to his teacher I decided to give it a go.
When I got there the party was going on in the garden area, but Jude was anxiously pacing up and down the playground with his assistant. The number of people had thrown him and they were trying to help him calm down. He took one look at me and thrust his hand at me like I should take him away 😬
So we decided to take advantage of the amazing play area they have that was separate from the party and use some of the equipment instead. We had it to ourselves, and 10 minutes on the swing, the roundabout and the seesaw really helped him to regulate and a smile was soon back on his face.
Then I decided it was time to brave the party again and led him back towards the garden. We got a drink from one of the stalls and then Jude led me over to the trampoline 😂
A quick bounce on there, some playing with a ball, and within no time any apprehension had gone and he was galloping around the party, happily flapping his hands.
Now relaxed he began to take notice of the music that was playing and was soon rocking side to side, in between his galloping!
When it came to an end we sat and waited, before he dragged me back to his classroom with him 😁
Once inside he went and sat straight at his workstation, as if to show me where he sits 💔
I sat opposite him, and whilst I got to speak to his teacher he alternated between sitting with me or going off to bounce on the class peanut ball.
A couple of years ago I never would have thought Jude could enjoy an event like today. Even today I was worried he wouldn’t be able to cope.
And even though the start was difficult for him, he’s far more resilient than he used to be. He’s able to self-regulate much better, he knows that not every difficulty has to lead to a meltdown.
Watching him today, and listening to all of the teachers and staff say such lovely things about Jude, I couldn’t be more proud ❤️