Sunshine is Here!

Rebecca Shayler-Adams by Rebecca Shayler-Adams Additional Needs

Rebecca Shayler-Adams

Rebecca Shayler-Adams

We are just a typical family muddling along our day to day lives. 4 kids, 1 with autism, 1 with an unknown neuromuscular condition

The children have so much energy and it’s the time of year when you can open the patio doors and watch as they run in and out the house, filling the atmosphere with laughter.

It is the time of year where the darkness has started to lift in emotions as well.

You don’t feel like so much is on your shoulders when the sun is out.

It is amazing what the sun can do.

It is the time of year when you can plan on going outside and going on nature walks and getting the bug spot book out.

It’s the time of year when I can get the picnic basket out and we can all sit and eat together even if it is on our lawn.

It is the time of year when the ice cream van comes down the road and the excited children dripping of pool water run with you to the ice cream van and ponder over which ice cream will be the best option.

It is just the time of year where being a parent really explodes into fun and laughter.

It however is also the time of year of no routine.

it is the time of year when my son is getting prepared to go up to a different class and he is started to get anxious.

It is the time of year when my other son is going to be starting school and my autistic son cannot quite understand why his little brother is going to be, not only in his school, but is going to be in his old classroom with his old teacher.

It is the time of year where my son is so anxious he is up all night, where because the sun is up, he must be up. Which means he is getting about 2 hours of sleep per night.

It is the time of year where the parks and beach, in fact everywhere, is busy, it's noisy and it’s not comfortable for my son to walk around.

It is the time of year where I am researching as many alternative therapies I can to keep my son calm during these exciting school holidays.

I am researching aroma therapy, different breathing techniques and different sensory touch therapies which will keep my boy calm while out and about.

It is the time of year that fills me with such joy and yet at the same time with such dread.

Saying all that, I will always love this time of year as the sun gives me that energy boost I need to look after 2 children with disabilities.

It is the time of year to make memories and memories we shall make.

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