It’s Tuesday afternoon and we have decided that because Elliots “schedule” (how very American of us) is pretty intense this week we will just have a steady week to ease him into it to avoid the stress of last week. So just after 1.15pm we head to PTS for his second summer session. Luckily this is where he has his SLT and OT sessions every week so he is used to coming here. His SLT is there to meet us so she can help him get settled into the group. It’s really hard to stay upbeat and encourage Elliot to join in all of these groups when he is really resisting joining in. Unfortunately much to my better judgement I resolve to the Rust School of parenting and bribe him. I tell him that if he does really well with all of his “play groups” he can have a golden ticket. I justify this by telling myself that this is what the specialist told me to do use golden tickets for dealing with unexpected events. Yes I appreciate I am bending the truth some what but sometimes what ever works right!!!
It seems that the plan is working, Elliot went into the group without any tears and appeared not to be too upset about being left. I returned 90 minutes later and peek in through the window to see that Elliot isn’t really engaging with the group too much but I don’t suppose I expected him too. I quick de-brief from the therapists running the session confirms my suspicions that he has been very quiet but joined in when prompted. OK so I guess baby steps it is…….