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Word of the Week: Flourish


I've seen this linky popping up on everyone's blogs each week for a while now and have been meaning to join in but somehow never seem to find the time! Even after a reminder tweet to me last week from The Reading Residence, I still didn't get around to it (naughty me - slapped wrists!)

So this week, I thought I really must do it. It's simple enough - pick a word, just one word, that describes your week. Easy. Or so I thought. It actually wasn't so easy but when J came home from school today and I read his contact book it said:

"J is continuing to flourish" and as I read that sentence, I knew that was it, that was the word...'flourish'.

Regular readers will know that J returned to school after a 3 year break to be home-school due to his ASD difficulties. His track record at school before that was not good. Schools that were clueless about how to help him and him reacting badly to school as a result.

Frustratingly, academically he has amazing potential but none of that was being acheived hence home-schooling instead.

So when he went back into the education system last month, I held my breath (figuratively speaking). Would he cope? Would he have meltdowns? Would the stress and anxiety return? Would his school work suffer? Would he become that unhappy child that we removed from school 3 years ago and slowly worked to build up his self-confidence and self-esteem.

But today I read that he is 'continuing to flourish'. Phew - I can breathe again. I know his education (as in all areas of his life) will have ups and downs because of his difficulties but for now he is doing well.

Interestingly the dictionary definition of Flourish says:
flourish
ˈflʌrɪʃ/
verb
  1. 1.
    (of a living organism) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly congenial environment.
    "wild plants flourish on the banks of the lake"
    synonyms:growthriveprosper, grow/do well, developburgeonincrease,multiplyproliferate;

What I noticed when I read that description was the mention of the 'particularly congenial environment' and the school he is at right now is just that for him. It is the right environment of care and support that he needs. Together with the knowledge and expertise they have in dealing with ASD children, it has meant that not only has he coped but he has flourished.

The Reading Residence

14 comments:

  1. A wonderful word and such a positive meaning behind it for you. I'm so pleased he's flourishing, and that you can breathe that sigh of relief. Long may it continue! Thanks so much for joining in with #WotW

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    1. Loved joining in - hopefully will manage it more often! x

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  2. That's fantastic news! What a relief x #WotW

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  3. A great word and a wonderful reason behind it. Hope it continues for you x

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  4. Aw! So nice to have positive news! Well done for finally getting around to linkying up! #WotW

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    1. thank you. Yes it has been such a relief that he is doing so well. x

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  5. This post really made me smile, actually it made we well up a bit, such a fantastic word and wonderful reasons for it xx #WotW

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  6. The correct school environment is definitely key for our ASD children. My daughter is in an amazing ASD school and has flourished. My middle son who is starting his diagnosis journey is really struggling! I hope your boy continues to do well xx #WotW

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    1. thanks Amanda. School can be such a minefield for kids with ASD can't it and you are right, a good school can really make a big difference. x

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  7. Flourish is a wonderful word. Very pleased for you that the feedback from school is so positive. xx

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    1. thank you. I thought Flourish was a great word too and one i hadn't heard for a while. x

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