March 5th was my parents 53 year anniversary.  They invited Justin and I out to dinner on Saturday, I had to rehearse him for what was going to occur. Well, I feared taking Justin on this outing because he’s been home for two weeks and his recent hospital stay. The meltdown started before leaving home of course, once I got him dressed and to the living area on the couch; he immediately started to fuss with knowing he was about to leave home. Justin got off the couch and was headed to what is his comfort zone (his bedroom).  I didn’t know how well this would go over; being in an unfamiliar setting and having a routine the noise, crowds, babies crying seems to be overwhelming for Justin. I had to keep in mind all the things that are needed for Justin to make this outing as easy as possible; such as are there enough seats while waiting, wait time and will the person next to us talk too loud. Considering all of this a meltdown is soon to come. While waiting, Justin had three but they quickly subsided after holding him tightly and assuring him that everything was OK. This was awesome compared to the 2 hour long meltdowns! Once seated and at our table, surprisingly the dinner went very well. NO MELTDOWN! This makes me wonder if I’m the problem by not giving Justin credit. Take the limits off, don’t isolate yourself, and miss out on life worrying about what might happen before you take that chance. It take an enormous amount of  patience and the right attitude for us as parents. At the end of the day your special needs child is human too. 

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God fearing, loving mother to an awesome young man. Enjoying what I do! Although I'm not the greatest teacher, however raising a child with special needs has given me more degrees than any college university you could think of.

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