Finding Ourselves on the Autism Spectrum

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Regrouping

I’ve got too many things running through my head at once to think out a coherent blog post this morning. But I’m in a happy sharing mood, so I’m just going to babble on for a while and see what comes out.

 My new address:
 

The first thing on my mind is that I’m glad I went ahead and changed my blog address – which also meant changing my user name – especially since it turned out to be a lot simpler than I thought. It was something that kept nagging at me after I unintentionally chose a username with my actual full name in it, which I use for lots of things, and realized that became the basis for my blog address. Goofy, I know, but I often tend to miss details like that. I focus in on one tree at a time, missing the forest and many of the other trees in the process. I haven’t had any bad experiences with my blogging so far, but I’m still pretty new to this, and I’m not ready to share the more spectrummy aspects of our lives with people who know me outside of this community at this point. I also don’t want to do anything to make my kids uncomfortable, which is why they already have pseudonyms here. So, anyway, this gives me a greater degree of comfort.

Simon was reading my blog:

I learned yesterday that my Aspie teenager had been reading a bit of my blog, probably because it was left open on my computer, which the kids end up using more and more for homework. I think for the most part he’s been ignoring it, but yesterday he asked a question about my choosing to put something in all caps in a recent post. He didn’t seem bothered at all by what I had written, and he generally lets me know in a big way when he’s bothered, so I’m happy about that.

We all need a mental health day from time to time:

Yesterday was a bit of a fallout day for Simon. After doing so well with the very intense experience of the robotics team competition, where his team got this special engineering award 

              

which he wore all through the next day :), he had a hard time managing back at school.  The change for Daylight Savings Time really didn’t help, either. (I’ve never been a huge fan of DST, and when we lived in Indiana for two years, we didn’t have to observe it.) Anyway, Simon made it reasonably well through Monday and even the beginning of Tuesday. By reasonably well, I mean he fussed a great deal and made a point of saying “this is insane” and “I really can’t do this” over and over again with reference to waking up, doing homework, etc., but with some help from me, he still got the job done. Then partway through Tuesday morning, he hit a wall.

So apparently somebody decided it would be a good idea to do vision screenings on the entire student population of the high school, and we had somehow either not been informed ahead of time or just missed the information. Simon has only ever had his eyes checked at regular pediatrician appointments, and there’s never been a problem. But these folks told him he didn’t “pass” the test with one eye, and that started a downward spiral. (That’s something we’ll pursue at some point, but he hasn’t noticed any problems, and this just wasn’t the day to get into it.) They did the testing during his second hour class, and he got too upset to make it to his third. I got a call from the teacher consultant saying he was in her office and having trouble. I hope I’ve mentioned at some point before that this woman is absolutely wonderful. Besides doing her job of being an intermediary between parents / students and the teachers extremely well, she’s taken time to get to know me and my son, and she lets him eat lunch every day in her office to decompress.

She and I talked. She passed along my assurances that he wasn’t in any trouble and that I would support whatever he needed to do, because he didn’t feel up to being on the phone right then. She called again later to say he was still having trouble relaxing, and this time he did talk to me on the phone. He decided to give a try at going to his fourth hour class, which wouldn’t be too stressful or require much interaction, and after that he decided he was ready to come home.

Hubby and I agreed over the phone that everyone needs a mental health day from time to time, so we were fine with him coming home. I made my boy some food and sat him in front of a funny television program, after which he played a video game. He never got the nap I was hoping for, but he eventually relaxed enough to face completing some homework and even helping Alvin with some of his.  Today he’s back at school and halfway through his day, and so far everything seems to be going OK. We fall down, we regroup, and we get back up again. Thankfully these days the process usually goes more quickly than when he was little. A lot more quickly.

Sibling stuff:

On a side note, poor Alvin had to do an unusual amount of difficult homework yesterday. Alvin takes a math class two years ahead of the rest of his grade, so he’s pretty good at math. And he has what amounts to a study hall at the end of the day, so he rarely comes home with much homework. Last night, even with help from Hubby and his big brother, Alvin spent two hours struggling through trinomial factoring. Simon became more helpful once I said that I’d give him extra video game time to make up for time he spent helping Alvin. 🙂 Simon is also very good at math and takes a class one year ahead of his grade – they didn’t offer two years ahead when he was Alvin’s age, which is a source of frustration for Simon and entertainment for Alvin. The nice thing about this arrangement is that Simon just had everything that Alvin’s class is covering last year. Later in the evening, Alvin told me that there were things Simon could do in seconds that were taking Alvin twenty minutes. Alvin said it took him longer because he’s not autistic. I think that may be the first time he’s referred to Simon’s autism as an advantage rather than an annoyance. I just told him that with all the challenges, his brother gets to be good at some stuff, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My new address part 2

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So here I am.  This was easier than I thought.  The rest of my day is balancing that out, though. :), which is why I don’t have anything much to say just yet.

I wanted an address change to remedy having a public username that I hadn’t realized would be public.  I’ve met some very nice folks here and have no problem with them knowing my full name, but I’m not sure I want people I know in my life outside this community – other than the few I’ve invited – to just happen across my blog and connect it with me.  At least not for now.

Please let me know if you notice anything that’s a problem here.

Thanks

Advice on making a change?

Hi.

Some of my blog friends have been participating in a discussion about anonymity, and it’s brought up an issue for me.  I have a confession to make.  Being completely technically challenged, I didn’t actually realize when I input my username that it was going to become part of my blog address and be available to everyone under the sun.  I’m a bit dense that way.  But once I did realize what was going on, I had made some nice new friends and felt like I couldn’t make a change without messing things up.  Then I did (what was for me) a bunch of writing, and I really felt like it was too late to do anything.

I haven’t met a single person here so far who I mind having my name.  I’ve been very fortunate.  But I do have some concerns about the future.  I don’t know how I would feel about people who live near me and know me in my daily life seeing what I choose to share here, and I’d really rather not have my current username.  A helpful WordPress video showed me how I could change my username and even have all my blog information transferred over to the new address, but it also said there was no going back.  And I don’t really know how that would affect things like having people who have already been kind enough to read my blog still be able to find me and having me show up on blogrolls and the blogging network.

So I’m going to do what I did when I first started blogging and just go ahead and ask for help.  Does anyone have any advice?  Is there a simple way to keep my current username from being associated with my blog and to still maintain all the rest?  It’s not like I have a big following.  Could I just put some kind of announcement on a blog post a while before actually making a change, or does something else make better sense?  Should I post something in the comments of the blogs of people who’ve been kind enough to comment here?  Is all this actually pointless, because now I’m officially connected to this name in webspace for all eternity? 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

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