We haven't seen any progress this week, but we're holding steady. Well, he hasn't complained of a headache while listening to the music for the past couple of days, so that's something. We're still on Level 1 of everything.
I took him to be tested for food sensitivities this morning. That was a horrid experience. I couldn't decide which blog to put it on: my personal blog or this one. I finally decided the actual details were more a personal thing than related to this journey, so if you want to read the details, you can do so here. Otherwise, I'll just say we couldn't get the test and we still don't know what foods he's sensitive to. So now we have a dilemma. Do we go another route and spend money we can't really afford right now for a different test or do we just keep trying the gluten-free, casein-free experiment that we've been doing for the past few months, or do we just go back to eating regular food? Quite honestly, we weren't seeing any improvement with the gluten-free, casein-free diet anyway. However, I have to mention that we weren't 100% super-strict with it. We only have gluten-free, casein-free items in the house, but eating out or at others' homes, we weren't as strict. So there is the possibility that if were more strict about it, it would be effective. The other possibility is that there are other foods that are a problem for him besides just gluten and casein. Either way, I'm not discounting a GFCF diet. But I think until we can have him tested, we'll probably go back to eating regular food. (I'm talking about whole foods, not pre-packaged foods.)
On another note, we had a park day yesterday with a new group and there were about 10 kids there of various ages, a few older than J, and they were all playing together wonderfully. I'm not leaving our regular homeschool group by any means and he does have a couple of friends in that group, but it was great to see him getting along with so many different kids. It made me smiley. :-)
Tonight Comedy Central is holding a fundraiser for autism awareness. My friend Deanna wrote a great post about this (that's how I found out about it). If you'd like more information, you can read Deanna's post here.