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Sunday, April 24, 2005

April is Autism Awareness Month - days... too many to list :-(

Wow, seems like forever since I have posted. Let me just say that I have been totally overwhelmed with everything lately. Which I shall now turn into my autism post!

For those of you that read my blog on a regular basis you will recall my post earlier this month on independence. Joshua running to the bus on his own without a look back. Lets just say that was the one step forward and we are now on the 2+ steps back. For some unknown (to me) reason, my experience with autism is that progress is slow and often painful.

That glimmer of independence is followed up with a week or more of, well... challenging behavior. I don't know why this happens but knowing that it will happen seems to help. Seems like it's just part of the process. Almost like he can't settle into the success immediately. Taking that step back brings him comfort.

Independence can be overwhelming to anyone but for a young child with autism it's almost more than they can handle. Patience is the key. Take every day as it comes and don't spend a lot of time comparing one day to the next. It's a psychological trap that I don't recommend.

2 Comments:

At Monday, April 25, 2005 8:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even kids without autism regress a little under stressful situations (like the birth of a sibling, hospitalization, moving, etc). This is normal behavior. It sounds like children with autism just have a lower threshhold for what constitutes a stressful situation. It sounds like you are handling it all very well. Not all parents are as patient or understanding.

 
At Tuesday, April 26, 2005 8:43:00 AM, Anonymous Michelle said...

I don't have any advice, only good wishes. Every child should have a mother like you. Your posts are so enlightening and I can see all the potential that you are unlocking in your son by helping to be his interpreter to the world. By helping him transition with so much love and support, as an adult he will see the world as perhaps, unusual but I have a feeling he won't be frightened or intimidated because he has had such a wonderful mommy to show him the way!

 

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