Over the last year I distanced myself from some of my friends with children DD's age. Seeing the difference in the kids and dealing with DD's meltdowns and what I felt was judgement (but was probably just me) got to me. I love doing playdates with other ASD kids and moms because I feel they get it.
Now I am trying to ensure DD gets the socialization she needs. She will be starting a special needs preschool in January. We are meeting with the director on Monday but from what I understand she will have some typical peers, but mostly kids of all different types of special needs.
I need to get her together with typical kids. She is quite social and loves people. I just need to do this, but feel so comfortable in my group of ASD moms and kids lol! Nobody bats an eye when DD has a meltdown because I ate a carrot before my sandwich or a kid put a puzzle piece in wrong.
Is this a normal phase? Did anyone dissassociate a bit from old friends, playgroups, etc? How did you phase back in? Sometimes it's like I was in mourning and seeing the kids who were like the child I thought I was going to have hurt. Now I feel like I am 100% in love with the child I DO have and want to do what's best for her. Any advice? Maybe I am still processing everything as we just got an official diagnosis but have know for almost 2 years she had autism.