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…and he rocked it!

I’m not surprised…not to sound like woohoo, isn’t my child so smart, but he’s been complaining about being bored and telling me math facts on the way home from school. He also got his state testing scores back and was exemplary, though just on the high edge of ‘middle’ for science. No surprise there either, it’s not his favorite topic.

Whenever we talk to any school staff, whether it’s for an issue or just an update, we hear that he’s wonderful in the academic setting. Yes, that is an awesome thing, and yes, it’s reassuring, but that’s only half of school.

Anyway, before I digress into my concerns about the phonecalls/incidents last week — Did I even blog about them? It’s a blur — I’ll just stay on topic. It’s better for my impending migraine. BB was thrilled with his grades, and I got a chance to make sure he’s being tested for GATE, if he wasn’t already. I don’t want a pesky diagnosis changing his possibilities. If they want to treat him like anyone else, it stands for the positive things, too. Luckily his teacher gets that.

We’ve had to change his homework routine. Now, he is back to doing it as soon as he gets home, after his snack, and before he gets on the computer. Once he’s on there, it’s hard to get him off. But, he’s learning more HTML daily, and now CFrame. He’s even got a couple of mentors, and he’s making some amazing things. So, for those who think computers aren’t good for kids, yeah, you’re right, being well-rounded is ideal, but a career in computers isn’t too shabby. (Ask me, it sure pays the bills.)

He should be starting soccer in the next few weeks, and by then, it’ll be cooler aka tolerable enough to go outside for more than five minutes without needing a change of clothing.

I’ll try to get back to more exciting updates in the future. It’s probably a good thing that there’s not much exciting to discuss, but there are many days I call it just boring. We really need to get out more.

One of BB’s most common issues anymore is social skills. As a result, making friends is the most important thing to him…outside of coding new pages in his online building game. (The kid definitely has a career in game design, architecture or web development.) He has talked about it since starting his new school, and before the end of last year, he’d met one boy he really wanted to be friends with. Fast-forward to the new year, after a summer filled with family visits, beach trips and getting to know our new area, and he was still close with the boy. Daily phonecalls got longer and more frequent, and this last Friday, he was invited to spend the night. Hallelujah! Prayers are answered. And better than you expect they will be.

On Saturday evening, we picked up an extremely exhausted but oh-so-happy little man from his friend’s house. They’d spent the day at the beach, and his little pink cheeks were laying down in my car before I could even get in it myself after saying goodbye to the very nice family who took great care of him. Things all went well, and we invited the boy to visit our house this next weekend. By the time he went to bed last night, they’d talked on the phone three or four more times, and another boy had called and talked to him, too!

I still need to work with him a bit on not speaking his mind so much, and being forgiving when things don’t go as he’d prefer every single second, but he’s come such a long way.  Sometimes it feels like we spend more time having to focus on fixing things, it’s that much more wonderful when we get to watch him just be a little boy. And to quote his favorite phrase, “Period.”

As I typed the title, the segue into the old Star Trek series popped into my head. So I went with it.

See, BB has been telling me that not only is he a nature boy, but he’s into sports. He found out earlier this week that there’s a soccer league forming locally and he wants to, no, HAS TO, sign up for it. “I want to play soccer, MOM!”

Okay, I get it, I get it. You want to try a team sport that you’ve never tried before, where you’ll have to go frequently, meaning you’ll have to leave your computer to do it. You might get hit by a ball, shoved by another player, or benched, or worse yet, you might see a teammate not score a goal you think he should have scored. Are you getting this? There’s so much more involved here than just playing soccer!

Regardless, after school today, we stopped by the rec center for the city. Fifteen minutes later, BB had a uniform proudly in hand, and he is an official member of the league. Can you say COOL?

They don’t start playing until September, but that gives us plenty of time to practice as well as working on the social skills necessary for a feat of this magnitude. I’m ready!

(And in case you were wondering, nope, we didn’t mention a word about ASD. With any luck, we won’t need to!)

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