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Monday, April 17, 2006

We Are Home


Here is my mom with Griffin, I didn't mean to cut my dad out of the picture, and as you can see there was lots of happiness going on when they were together. Our trip was fantastic and way too short. Griffin was a trooper and adjusted quite well to all the transitions and changes from day to day. Nearly every day we would either be changing households or location always moving about and going places and Griffin just kept his happy-go-lucky positive attitude. He showed a lot of affection toward everyone in the family much to my surprise. He even showed some affection toward the flight attendant, Leslie, who was ever so helpful on our flight from Minneapolis to Anchorage on Northwest Airlines. Griffin had a pretty bad meltdown when we were boarding the aircraft at Minneapolis. I found that once I let the passengers in the near vicinity that my son had autism they were so very kind, understanding, and helpful. There were actually a few men onboard who helped by holding Griffin and Abby (Griffin's service dog) while I got situated. Griffin had a hard time on the flight I think partly due to the fact that he had a pretty high temperature and didn't feel well. Eventually, he went to sleep after crying and screaming for about an hour, I guess that he just wore himself out. I will be posting more photos on my next post In the meantime, I just wanted to let everyone know what has been going on since my last post.
There was so many reasons to decide to move to N.C. or S.C. because I want us to be near my family but I found out that the services in either state are not even comparable to what is available to Griffin here in Alaska. I was told by the woman at the TEACCH office that both states are not very good for services, not just for the TEACCH program but for all other services, especially N.C. because it is mandated and it has an influx of people moving there thinking that there is going to be great services and ultimately are disappointed because the system cannot support the amount of people. She told me that it would be best for us to stay in Alaska at least until he is ready to be mainstreamed into regular ed. So, I guess that for now we won't be moving to the lower 48. This is sad news for me and my family because I had so wanted to move to be closer to them and have lots of love and support.
For the time being we will stay here and Griffin will continue with his services at his school, which are excellent, and his private O.T. (twice a week) and his private speech therapy. We will continue to receive free diapers through Medicaid and full coverage of medical services too. It is a good thing for him and I am very grateful that we live in a state that takes autism seriously and makes life so much easier and less complicated for us.
I will be posting again soon to continue telling you about our wonderful trip and adding more photos.

8 comments:

Wendy said...

Welcome home! Glad to hear you had a great trip. It's wonderful to hear that Griffin handled the trip so well. Who knew what to expect when you left? I'm sure it must be hard to be so far away from your family but it's so admirable of you to think first of what's best for Griffin.

Julie Julie Bo Boolie said...

So glad you had a great trip and so Happy TO see you both home safe and sound :) Hopefully the time between when you have to stay and you can move will fly by.... I know how hard it can be to be away from loved ones. Hugs

KCsMom said...

Hi Lora and Griffin!
So HAPPY you are home, great to hear the flight and visit went well! Missed you guys a bunch!! Hope the little guy is feeling better :( K.C. has had a fever and the icky yuckies:(
Tell Griffin we said, "hi!" Give him a hug for us:)

Tina and Boys

Bronwyn G said...

I too think it is better you stay in Alaska.

TEACCH is compulsory?

Never heard of that.

Looks like you had an awesome time!

Lora said...

I didn't mean to imply that the TEACCH program is compulsory. I guess that I should go back and change the wording. I just meant that it is in many of the schools and is offered as a program and that the services in N.C. and S.C. are very poor compared to Alaska. Hope that made more sense. Sorry for the mix-up.

Anonymous said...

The Mariposa school in N.C. is very good. They use Verbal Behavior and ABA and I hear many parents are very happy with their services, particularly after bad public school experiences.

Anonymous said...

My adult autistic son is in SC and
believe me, SC is an absolute desert as far as good services for him are concerned. I'm sorry you can't be close to your family, but I'm certainly not impressed with the way TEACCH in NC built up his trust and then hurt him so deeply by a long list of offenses.

friendly-junebug said...

My adult autistic son is in SC and
believe me, SC is an absolute desert as far as good services for him are concerned. I'm sorry you can't be close to your family, but I'm certainly not impressed with the way TEACCH in NC built up his trust and then hurt him so deeply by a long list of offenses.