Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

I'm A Dancin', Dancin' Machine

Our objective for Nicholas this school year has been to build independence and prepare him for middle school. An important end-of-the-year event to help develop self confidence and achieve autonomy for the children is the 6th grade dance.

For most of the kids, including Nicholas, this is their first real dance experience and an opportunity for them to express themselves without interference from parents or teachers.

The handsome Nicholas rose to the occasion wearing a new polo shirt and Daddy's favorite cologne.

But attending the dance was a little tricky for Nicholas since his bedtime is typically very early and the dance wasn't scheduled to begin until 7 pm.

Once again we relied on others to help us through.

There was Ms Emily, his teacher who helped Nick practice for the big event.

There was his best-buddy Alex, whose free-spirit and Weston-like energy helped him to willingly try this challenging new experience.

To prevent anxiety and sensory overload, he relied heavily on his faithful headphones and favorite stuffed animal, Spikey.

With all of these supports, I am happy to report that the dance was a smashing success.

He sang, he danced and he even managed to build up the courage to ask his favorite friend, Veronica to dance. She gladly accepted his invitation.

As for me, I hid in the conference room, where the good principal, Mr. G kept me company until Nick was ready to head home, about an hour later.

Please enjoy the very loud video below of the two dance maniacs. Notice if you will, how much fun Alex is having and the beautiful girls dancing with Nicholas.

 Video courtesy of the wonderful Ms. Emily