Conquering the Rain!

A few weeks ago, I watched one of the most beautiful sights unfold before my eyes.

It was a dark and stormy night.  Well, not really, but it was a rainy afternoon, which in our house can turn into a dark and stormy night pretty quick!  If you are new to my blog, you can catch up on the rain posts here and here.

On this rainy afternoon though, Sketch blew me away… and it wasn’t even windy!  I had to meet him at the bus at the end of our long driveway.  So he had much farther to travel to get into the house, than when I was homeschooling him.  Plus, now I am expecting our fourth child (a surprise treasure from God, for sure!), and I simply am not able to carry him all the way in, as I had before.

So I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how to make this work.  I decided to walk up to the bus with Sketch’s frog umbrella.  He loves that frog umbrella when it is dry, and he’s inside!  Not once has he used it in the rain. He always rejects it and while terrified of getting wet, he asks, “Carry?”.  So I thought if he saw me use it in the rain, he’d understand that it will keep him dry too.

When he stepped off the bus, he looked at the umbrella with a smile.  I handed it to him but he didn’t reach for it so I took his two hands and had him hold it.  When he seemed steady with it, I slowly released my hands.

Bigger Smile!

And he was soooo proud of himself!  He held it very tightly, and just seemed amazed at how it was keeping him dry.  He didn’t go in the house when we got to our door, he kept walking around in the backyard, cute as can be…soaking up his victory!

From our back window, this is what I saw:

Isn’t it beautiful?  There he is holding that umbrella as if it were the Flag, as if he were marching!  Maybe it was his victory march for conquering his rain fears 🙂  When I saw him walking around like that, tears came to my eyes…and granted, I am pregnant so maybe it was just the horrormones (as my friend, Kay, would call them), but really, what I was thinking about that made this picture so beautiful to me is what has happened to to get him to this place.

After the post Short, Sweet, and Silly was written, I had to take Sketch in the rain to OT.  He surprisingly didn’t object to leaving the house!  He didn’t want to get wet or deal with rain, but he didn’t let his fears stop him! (Lesson #1) and he asked to “Carry?” which I did.  He didn’t just have me simply carry him though.  When I picked him up, he wrapped his little long legs all around my waist and his little long arms all the way around my neck (almost twice!) and he clinged to me so tightly that I didn’t even have to hold him!  If I let go, he was just there, unbudged!  (Lesson #2)

The next time it rained, he did the same thing. Just accepted the rain and clung to me as if his life depended on it.

And the next time, it was a Sunday and we were at church.  Mr. Incredible got to carry him this time and I got to watch Sketch cling to him in the same adorable way.

It’s just intensely beautiful…because this is just what God wants us to do with our fears.  He does not want us to be held back by them, but to cling to Him through them!

Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

God must have been holding up Sketch under that umbrella, making the safety of His presence known to him.

And he’ll do it for you too!  Do not be afraid!  And as my favorite potty training card says, “You go girl!”

Merry Christmas everyone!

Social Stories Continued: Veggies, Potties & Streets

Here are some more social stories I made for the kids.

This first one I made when Sketch went through a phase of peeing where ever he happened to be, instead of using the potty. Sketch loves Veggie Tales, so on the advice of a friend, I had the characters “talk” to Sketch about using the potty.

Veggie Tales Characters Encourage Sketch to go Potty

When I first started drawing stick figures to make social stories relatively quickly, I assigned everyone in the family a certain look.  So Dash always has his hair spiked up like Baby Einstein, Sketch always has a little poof on top of his head because when he was a baby, his hair on top of his head, stood straight up!  And for Princess Buttercup, her hair is always was long and spirally curly, and red…just like when she was “little”  Her hair is still long and red, but the curls have relaxed into waves.

This next social story was made because…well… I bet you can ALL relate to this one!

This social story is probably not rated G. But, Dash got his name from his reputation of dashing away, with lightening speed. So it was imperative that we put some fear in his fearless style.  By the time this graphic story was created, Dash had run off into the street many times, and he had actually run away as well (he was 4 years old!)  He did not “get it” about how hurt he could get, since with all the stunts he pulls, he never gets hurt!  So we needed to be very blunt with him and try to give him a visual of what could happen.  It is very hard to give a child with autism a visual that they have not already experienced and put in their own memory bank of photos!!! This did seem to make an impression on him though, thank God! And now he has doubled his age and is still with us with no ER visits!

Stay out of the street!

Useful Pots & Social Stories

We have had many, many opportunities for using Social Stories lately.  If you have ever made one before, you know how time consuming they are to create from scratch!

On some issues, I have been SURE other people have run into these problems, so I have scoured the internet with steel wool SOS pads, investing time in the hopes of finding something pre-made.

I’m sure that I have only scratched the surface of what is out there, but even so, the amount of searching I did do,  was very time consuming, especially when it turns up with no possibilities!

So, I have decided to start posting the Social Stories I have created, in case others are out there looking for one on the same topic!

Here is todays story, “It’s a Very Useful Pot!”

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