Today was the last day, and at the end the preschoolers came into where the coffee shop had been set up in the church, and stood on the stage to sing a song for the adults. When I realised what was happening I became rather alarmed at the thought of Ashlea having a very public meltdown. I had visions of having to rush up to the front and whisk her out of the church while she was howling. I wasn't even sure if they would try and bring her in because of the chance she would lose it. But, bring her in they did. Rather than wheel her in, her carer carried her in and helped her stand on the stage with the other children.
So, my Miss Ashlea stood on the stage with the other kids while they all sang their song. Sing she did not. Actions she did not. BUT, she did keep the craft hat on her head that they had made, and she did not scream. At one point she did have her hands over her ears and looked like she was about to let fly, but she didn't. She stayed on the stage with the group and was far less disruptive than Emma ever was in her first concert. Audrey was almost as far down the other end of the stage as possible from Ashlea, so I had to keep looking from one to the other. Audrey did a great job of singing and doing the actions - and waving to me. It was a great way to finish the week.
Ashlea's first concert - I seriously could have bawled my eyes out to see her standing up there with the other kids.
I have to say a huge thank you to all the organisers of the holiday club for all their efforts, but especially to the preschool group who welcomed Ashlea and provided a carer for her each day.
PS I didn't have my camera, but am really hoping someone got a photo ... I will post a pic if I can track one down.