Wednesday, December 8, 2021

A Change in Plans

About 2/3rds of the students in the class I'm covering at the adult transition center are diagnosed with autism. So, I've been careful not to upset the routine too much. Things are weird enough as it is. 

But, last Tuesday, right before school, I was informed that we couldn't do our outing that day. 

(The reasons are kind of a long story involving a misunderstanding of new proof of vaccination rules in the county which turned out not to be in the county and a change in administration at the school.)

I was upset. 

It was not fun telling a room full of students who were ready to go out for the day that we weren't going out. But, in the end I was more put out about it than they were. 

There were no plans for the day. We were supposed to be out. But one of the aides suggested that we make it a day in, with us ordering pizza and watching a movie. 

So, that's what we did.

Oh, they were still disappointed. But I guess the day went okay. 

I don't like change either. And I really don't like having my whole day upended two minutes before the school day starts. Deep sigh. 

12 comments:

  1. I don't like change, either. I'm glad the day went okay in spite of it. Pizza and a movie is often an excellent plan B.

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  2. My autistic brother in law is resistant to change but he has weathered the pandemic quite well. I think that being one of the earlier victims of COVID-19 (April 2020) may have helped with that (it made it "real"). Sometimes, this population surprises us. As for me (neurotypical):The older I get (and I think this is an age related thing, from personal experience), the less I like change.

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    1. Schoolkids really hate change just as a general rule. (It's one of the things that makes subbing hard: the kiddos don't like it when their teacher is not there.) And they've had lots of change already with Covid and their teacher suddenly retiring. So, I've been trying to keep things as they were as much as possible.

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  3. I would have been much more eager for the pizza and movie!

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  4. It's good the kids were able to adjust well even though it was really frustrating for you! I find it's annoying when your plans are changed last minute no matter the reasons!

    Hope that your week is going well :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Yeah, to have the whole day planned in my head... Very irritating.

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  5. Oh man, sorry to hear you had to be there and deal with their disappointment but I hope they liked the movie.

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    1. They seemed to. It was a nice day once we moved on to the pizza and movie.

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  6. Change is hard. And upset plans are no fun.

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    1. Nope, they're not. Especially with this group.

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