I’ve been reading the thoughts of so many other autism parents (and regular parents) lately. On facebook, on instagram, in their blogs.
Social distancing is having major impacts on their children. Schedule changes aren’t good for people with autism. The unknown is scary for people in general. People are going stir crazy. Parents are trying to develop lesson plans and activities to keep their kid’s busy.
And to top it all off, the school systems are trying to implement distance learning and this just doesn’t work for kid’s like Lennon. Read more about this here. They are being ignored.
Regardless, in our house, it’s just another day.
Lennon has ZERO understanding that anything has changed.
He hasn’t realized that Nicole, his RBT, hasn’t seen him in two weeks. When she shows up again it’ll either be like (1) she never left or (2) he won’t even remember her. Once Kenny and I took a 2-week vacation to Europe – Lennon stayed home with Gramma Patty. When we returned there was nothing – no hug, no smile, nothing. It was heartbreaking – we wanted so badly for him to just miss us, and honestly, he probably didn’t even realize we were gone.
He isn’t bored – he could entertain himself for hours. Just like he always has. I guess social distancing when you don’t have a social life is fairly simple.
He has no concept of time so a schedule change doesn’t seem to affect him. Whether I fed him breakfast at 3 a.m. or 11 a.m., it’s all the same to him.
I guess in some senses this makes it easier for us, but it really just makes me sad. Sad that he doesn’t notice. Sad that he doesn’t realize he’s missing things. Sad that this HUGE change to the majority of the population’s daily life has not affected him in the slightest.
He’s not going realize that we aren’t going to the park. That we aren’t doing our Fit4Mom workouts. That we haven’t been to Tinkergarten. That he hasn’t had a dance class in nearly a month. That Miss Hailey his music teacher isn’t coming over. Or even that mommy is home 24-hours a day.
I mentioned previously that we would see regression, and that is still true. But Lennon is blissfully unaware that anything is changing. Blissfully unaware that he is regressing.