The list is long and distinguished regarding the things I hate about autism…but this is the one on my mind…would LOVE to hear if this affects you and your child and if so, what do you do about it?
William has these episodes of frustration or confusion where he starts spiraling and just can’t regroup and bounce back without major meltdowns or fits of rage.
For example…yesterday my wife picked him up from school and he for some reason didn’t want the snack she gave him in the car. He got frustrated with the snack and then when she took it away, he started freaking out.
Well what do you want? The snack? To eat it? There’s almost like a no-win solution.
It got progressively worse.
We have these ABSURD radio stations in DFW that think it’s funny and cool to start playing Christmas music 24/7 starting the day after Halloween…it’s extremely annoying to me because I get very tired of the same 100 Christmas songs and why rush the holidays?
So William hears a Santa song…then they go home and watch a “Max & Ruby” (he loves those) and it’s about Christmas and so William can’t understand WHY there is no Christmas tree in our house. He doesn’t understand the concept of time or seasons or anything like that.
He has a total meltdown…he cries and throws his favorite item (these days it’s hair brushes) and just can’t regroup and get it together.
So we turn off the video because he can’t handle it…to which he gets even more upset.
Have I mentioned a no-win situation?
We can’t start talking about going on a vacation or visiting family too soon because it doesn’t compute to him that we’re going to BeBe’s house…in a few days. He thinks that because we’re talking about going somewhere, that it is going to happen immediately.
It’s really frustrating because we want to involve him in our activities and experiences and want to share the joy and excitement of anticipation and holidays and all that…but more often than not it ends up with him getting very upset and emotional and having a fit of frustration and rage.
Surely this happens to you too? What are some tips to not have this happen or when they are spiraling, are there any ideas of how to regroup as quickly as possible and not have it turn into episodes?
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