Child Protection for the Autistic Child - A Resource
Waiting for answers to questions I cannot ask. Waiting for everything wrong to come right, watching everything right turn wrong. Waiting for the school, the doctor, the social worker. Waiting to do battle.
Waiting for the ambulance, the specialist, the consultant, the colleague. Waiting for the Assessment and the Plan and the amended Plan. Waiting for the text followed by the tap on the door. Waiting for the phone call, the email, the response and the response to the response.
Waiting for the paperwork. Waiting for the team. Waiting for the meeting, to talk, to be listened to and to be told. Waiting for 'sign-off'. Waiting for everything to fall into place. Waiting for what-comes-next.
Waiting in the building, Waiting in the car. Waiting through the night. Waiting over the weekend. Waiting for the right time and the right person. Waiting to see and to hear and to hear back.
How long is usual? How long to expect? Waiting for the impossible to become possible and the possible to become impossible. Waiting for a change - hoping it will be good, fearing it may be bad. Waiting to move on, draw a line under, leave.
Waiting to step-in or step-back, not knowing when or how. ''I'm here waiting, where are you?'' Tick-tock, watch the clock, pencil-in the date, mark the calendar, be ready for the call. Years, months, weeks, days, minutes ..."Thank you for waiting. What brings you here? "