I'll admit it. I'm a little stubborn (ok, let's be honest- very stubborn). I don't like asking for help. However, as our family has grown, God has put me in a position where I can't do it all. I frequently don't have all the answers, and we have been blessed to have some pretty amazing folks join us on our journey, from wonderful teachers, to loving Sunday school helpers, to a great Pediatrician and specialists who care for our kids.
Recently, we have seen an escalation in some challenging behaviors in our daughter with Autism. These behaviors impact her ability to function at home, school, and other environments. While she has significant supports in her private Autism school environment, we found ourselves needing in home support. This is new and uncomfortable territory for me! I honestly came kicking and screaming to the idea of pursuing services in our home, but it is necessary to help our daughter.
We began the complicated process of getting some behavioral supports at home. It's a time-consuming maze, that involves quite a bit of time on the telephone and doing in-person intakes. Talk about feeling stretched! Each encounter I wonder how our large adoptive family will be perceived. How will we adjust to an unfamiliar person in our home? The biggest concern is probably wondering what if this doesn't help?
Each professional so far has been helpful and kind. There are now several folks who will be in our home on a weekly and monthly basis, from a case manager, to a family support worker, to a behavioral therapist (who we just met yesterday and really, really like!). So we are hopeful that these services will help our daughter, and praying this season starts feeling a little more comfortable. Maybe "help" isn't a bad word after all.