Doesn't it always seem to be a bit of cognitive dissonance when an "economic UPdate" comes on the TV or whatever, and then the news is all about how things are spiraling DOWN?
Anyway. We've got both ups and downs here, so we got both updates and downdates.
UPDATE: Rose is feeling much better. She went to school on Monday, only a little worse for the wear (achy muscles from all the hurling). Cute Rose story from yesterday: we were in the car on the way home from piano lesson and she asked me, "Did men always used to have to have short haircuts?" I started an answer about how it wasn't that you had to have short hair, it was just...
"Tradition!" she supplied from the back seat. I chuckled and told her what a grown-up girl she was, that that was exactly the right word.
"Yep," she replied smugly. "I'm a human dictionary!"
That's my girl! A chip off the ol' OED!
UPDATE: Joy's "more" sign has persisted this week. She's not using it at every opportunity, but we're still seeing it occasionally. She also seems to have retrieved her old sign for "all-done," which consists of self-applause. Which makes sense, because what do people do when you finish an achievement? They applaud and praise you! She used it remarkably well at Tuesday lunch, when I was around the corner as she finished the food she wanted to eat. I heard the clapping and came running, and she was absolutely telling me she wanted to be done. And then I told her that she needed to eat a few more bites of ham before I'd let her get away with being "all-done." Heh. Little stinker.
DOWNDATE: Sigh. This one harkens back to my Rules post the other week, in which I ranted about the ridiculous conditions and hoops to jump through to get 3 months worth of House Blend therapy (at 4 hours per week) at our fabulous daycare. Our daycare lady, Lynda the Wonder Woman, provides just an ideal setting for therapist work, and is a full member of our team. The daycare setting provides Joy with the opportunity to work on generalizing goals that she's been working on at home, into her "home-away-from-home" setting where she gets to interact with more peers.
Well. The response came back last week.
They said that in the next 90 days, we could have FOUR of our 4-hour therapy weeks. We're to sprinkle them throughout the 3 months as we see fit, but the emphasis should be on training Lynda so that we can fade out the need to have the therapy at the daycare at all.
This is not a decision made with Joy in mind, or with any clinical basis in the situation. This is a bean-counter decision, made in service of an apparent crackdown on therapy hours outside of the home in general.
ALL kids need structure, and stability, and routine. Kids on the spectrum have an even greater need for structure, and stability, and routine.
So, let's jazz things up at daycare, shall we, with 4 hours of therapy in week 2 of twelve, and then we'll take two weeks off, and then we'll have another week with 4 hours of therapy, and then we'll take three weeks off...
You see what I mean. That kind of approach isn't particularly kind to barista-schedules either, might I add.
It looks like our only sensible option is to take all four weeks consecutively, starting next week. And then we're out. No more therapy at daycare. No further venue of appeal, other than the committee that handed down the decision to begin with.
Well, our particular case might not be appeal-able, according to the rules that are apparently being re-written and tightened as the months go by. But when the rules are THAT BAD, maybe someone needs to do something to get those rules changed in the right direction....
Will keep you posted. If I need help, I'll let you know that too. Not quite sure what form this will take yet.