I made it pretty clear in my post The Marked Child that I was concerned about Noah's social skills.
So, lest you think I'm all about bitching and whining, I did something about it.
Jerrod was Noah's CIT in his bunk this summer. Jerrod also trains at Action Karate and is on the demo team. He's 14 and just an all-around awesome kid.
So I asked him if he would be interested in hanging out with Noah for a couple hours a week. Be a friend, mentor, big brother kind of thing. Maybe help ease him into getting to know the other kids in the neighborhood. Or just be someone he can hang out with once or twice a week.
Jerrod has a younger brother that is on the spectrum, so he's no stranger to odd behaviors.
Noah isn't showing much excitement about doing this, but Noah doesn't show excitement when we bring anyone new in to the mix. Hopefully Jerrod won't take it personally and will stick it out until Noah gets comfortable. Noah is so used to people that work with him leaving eventually, so I wonder if that is part of it. Like why should I let another person in, have fun with them, and then have to say goodbye to them.
Hopefully that won't be an issue since Jerrod is young and we aren't hiring him through an agency.
I'll let you know how it works out. I'm just proud of myself that I'm continuing to move forward.
BTW, tomorrow we have his visual processing evaluation. I'm very anxious to get the results of that!