This kid has thrown us another curve ball! I wasn't expecting this...since we had his "new school" planned out until he turns 22. It's 3am and I'm panicking trying to figure out what to do...because that's what I do best. His teacher said Cole has been doing AMAZING & he doesn't really fit into the "low-functioning" school (which is GREAT NEWS!), however he doesn't fit into the School District classes that he has been in either. There is a PERFECT Private Autism School that can meet his needs, it's actually a TREATMENT CENTER - year round, so he won't have any "school breaks" except for Christmas. Cole will run away if he is not in a stroller or shopping cart...if he goes to this school, they will take him to the store EVERY DAY and teach him how to appropriately stay by the cart until he gets it down. They do REAL LIFE SKILLS that he is in desperate nee of. However, our health insurance deductible is SO HIGH that we can't afford it.
BUT, I have full confidence that if he NEEDS to be there, it's GOING to work out...(RIGHT AFTER I have this panic attack and melt-down!). Right before Cole was having Brain Surgery, our Stake President gave Cole a blessing that he would have EVERY THING available to him and ALL of his needs would be met. Most of Cole's needs are difficult to meet & are typically COSTLY...it sends me into PANIC MODE. BUT, I've ALWAYS had that "PROMISE" to fall back on & KNOW that things will work out for him. I don't know how or when but that's the part of TRUSTING + BELIEVING.
This kid has taught me SO MUCH that I can not deny that God exists, everyone has their own trails or moments how they know...and Cole is mine. He continues to teach me PATIENCE + FAITH + PERSEVERANCE & knowing WHY I exists...those do not come naturally to me & I have to CONSTANTLY learn those things OVER & OVER & OVER, AND I have to learn the hard way, so he sent me Cole. He knows that I can't and won't give up on that little boy!
Cole has been MATCHING COLORS + LETTERS & gets ALL OF THEM RIGHT!!!! He also says "his" & "bye" at the appropriate time. He is also doing a few other things academically that I thought he would never do. "Go Cole".
[his current obsession: HANGERS...we don't go ANYWHERE with out them; church, family photos, school...you get the idea!!!]