This afternoon (Tuesday) Zachary also experienced another type of transition. He attended his first after school activity! It's the Adaptive Circus Immersion class at The Circus Place. Circus Arts and Education for ALL kids!!! (click here to check it out!) The reason this is a transitional type of activity for him is that this is the first time in years, well, okay maybe in ever, that Zachary will have to move from being at school all day, coming home, quickly leaving then participating in a 60 minute semi-structured after school activity. This probably doesn't seem like too big a deal since most kids do this effortlessly all weeklong when they're involved in sports, scouts and such. For Zachary, though, this has always been a major challenge mainly because we've never been able to find a unique enough program to meet his unique enough needs which has always been a recipe for disaster. A child psychologist we were seeing years ago told us, "Boredom for a kid like Zachary is a nightmare." No truer words have ever been spoken. Having said that, The Circus Place is indeed a unique place to play and learn. Zachary will learn how to juggle, spin plates, ride a unicycle (hopefully), walk on a tightrope and do aerial tricks! Yup...I'm TOTALLY serious. This is the coolest place ever! The Circus Place isn't so much about athletic prowess or being physically coordinated more so than it is about acceptance and opportunities for all kids...even kids like Zachary. Sure, this type of program will most definitely help Zachary with his sensory needs, social skills and processing abilities, but it's tons of fun so he won't even know it's happening which is half the battle with my guy.
It's been a big transitional week for our Miss Twinkie, too. When you consider the fact that Zachary met Twinkie on June 5 , yesterday was the first time in nearly a month that Twinkie and Zachary had been separated. By time Zachary left for school yesterday, he and Twinkie had established an incredibly strong bond in our home setting which is nothing short of absolutely, positively awesome!!!! They did everything together at home for 11 days straight (not to mention the 12 days of 1:1 time at 4 Paws), and they were inseparable. Yesterday, though, Zachary was gone and did not come back. Zachary was gone, but Twinkie could not go find him this time. Zachary was gone, and Twinkie was sad. She laid around and was mopey all day. Poor girl. She wandered around the house as she always does when she can't find her boy. I knew she wouldn't cheer up until Zachary came home....and that she did! When Twinkie heard the horn blow on the bus, she was so excited! Zachary came into the house a few paces ahead of us, so she lost sight of him. She ran back to me in the living room looking confused...."I know he's here!!", I'm sure she says to herself. "Where's Zachary?!", I excitedly ask, and she's super excited again! I brought a very happy, very excited Twinkie to the couch where Zachary was sitting, and she was now sitting, literally, on top of him a half-a-second later. :) She laid on his lap and didn't move for a few minutes. She took in all of the love, hugs and kisses Zachary had for her. Her boy was back and her world was a better place. Now Twinkie knows exactly how Zachary feels inside every time he sees her!