It always cracks me up when SAHMs (stay at home moms) get excited about the end of the school year. I guess they enjoy the break from carpool lines, PTA meetings, running the kids around from activity to activity, homework, etc. For us (and I assume other families dealing with autism), summer is HELL! Will thrives when he is in a very structured environment like school. Summer is anything but structured and it is difficult to keep him from regressing into old behaviors.
Although Will was provided with some instruction through our district's extended school year program, it was hardly enough to keep him busy. We can't just let Will run outside and play with their friends - he has to be supervised at all times. Fun activities like bowling or swimming can quickly turn into stress-inducing nightmares thanks to autism. Finding age-and-ability-appropriate camps is extremely difficult - they are often far away and cost prohibitive.
The good news is Will was very excited to meet his new teachers last week and he couldn't wait to get on the school bus this morning. He was all smiles!
On the other hand, it has been a long summer for Ryan. He's been home with the kiddos while I'm off at work everyday getting a reprieve from the madness that is our household.