At last, spring has arrived in Chicago. Here’s what Nick has been up to this spring at his adult day program. My son is 23 years old and has Down syndrome and autism. Each day he engages in a variety of activities at this program.
Nick continues to have both in-house and community vocational jobs. These include stocking shelves at a local food pantry, stuffing church bulletins and cleaning at GiGi’s playhouse. He recently got a paid job in-house, crushing and recycling cans.
Other community activities in Nick’s day program include visits to the library, shopping, and local parks. In house, the adult day program has many enrichment activities such as art, work bins, cooking, fitness, and gardening. They have taken the carrot and broccoli pods which were started indoors this winter, and planted them outside. His group also bought and spread mulch on the outdoor beds.
In cooking, they’ve made shepherds pie, fruit pizza, hot dogs & sloppy joes with fries, and biscuits with gravy. They have so much fun playing bingo and having holiday theme parties. For St. Patrick’s Day they made shamrock shakes, and for Cinco de Mayo they made burrito bowls. Recently, the moms were invited to his room for a Mother’s Day tea. Nick was very excited to have me visit.
Outside of Nick’s adult day program, he keeps busy with his respite workers. He enjoys going to local parks, the library, movie theatre and restaurants. He’s a regular at Culvers and CiCi’s Pizza each week. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated caregivers with Lara, Jodi and Kelsey, who he loves very much.
I’ve painted a pretty and serene picture of Nick’s world this spring. But it’s not all dainty flowers and colorful rainbows. There are quite a few dandelions scattered in the mix.
He continues to challenge us all with undesirable behaviors, like button pushing, throwing objects, blowing snot rockets and wiping them all over the place along with a lot of tapping and stimming.
Nick got a hold of a gargantuan tapper to stim on last week 🙂
There have been some milk thistles popping into the picture as well. Last week he managed to add to his tally of fire alarm pulls, getting one at his day program. So the alarm count stands today at 44 pulls. OUCH!
The mix of cold weather and rain has led to some serious cabin fever this spring. Here’s to warmer weather and getting my “one man wrecking crew” outdoors. I’m grateful that Nick has a wonderful day program to go to, along with awesome respite workers that he loves. He has a fulfilling life, and I get some peaceful time to myself. Cheers to an abundance of flowers this spring, with fewer thorns.
That’s what is in my noggin this week. 🙂
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