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Please not the feet! August 25, 2010

Posted by caizooka in autism, autism parenting.
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Okay, what happened? Did someone change the rules and not tell me? I feel like I’ve been left out of the loop. I’m losing things that I need. I lost my parking ticket today so I got to pay the lost ticket fee at the parking garage. Fortunately the dude cut me some slack and I only had to pay half.  But still…. Oliver was doing beautifully and then all of a sudden…POW! He’s freaking out. Jumping on my feet ALL THE TIME. I have issues with people jumping, stomping, amd stepping on my feet. Come to find out that it’s all part of the sensory integration stuff that he’s dealing with.  (yep, apparently Oliver is a ‘sensory seeker’) He has seem a bit off sensory-wise this past week. Purposefully running into things. Ramming his head into the sofa. Jumping too hard. Pushing too much. Stomping too much. Unfortunately, my feet must have been in the way of all of that. I should invest in some steel toe shoes. Do you think that Prada makes any? I’ll have to check my sources on that.

When you don’t sugar coat everything for Oliver when he is in one of these states, the world really comes undone. Well, excuse ME for losing my patience and telling him ‘No!’ Boy, did I pay the price for that. Yep, he told me that I’m stupid and that he hates me. On a normal day, I could shrug it off, but when I’m warn down, that hurt. Fortunately I knew better than to react to his words. That would have taken things to a whole nuther level indeed. Needn’t go there today.

I see all of the benefits for Emil having a brother with special needs. He is going to have such empathy for others and such a very unique perspective in the world. But, in the meantime, he yells, ‘shut up!’ when he hears something that he doesn’t want to hear. Then he glares at me as if egging me on. He squints as if saying, ‘I just dare you to get mad at me’. I guess that because I’ve blocked out when Oliver starts yelling slanderous, hurtful words and try and see what the bigger picture is, not what the behavior is. Emil soaks all of that in and realized that Oliver doesn’t get in trouble for saying such things, therefore he shouldn’t either. Yikes! What kind of machine do we have in motion here? I’m finding myself running out of ideas and seemingly allowing my children to run this roost.

We have had a glorious summer, but I can’t wait til school starts back up and we are all on schedules. Although it is terrifying at the same time, it will certainly be nice to get into a groovy groove.

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1. Mom - August 26, 2010

Oh I can just picture those little devilish eyes of Emil. Almost laughable! All I can think of is that school starts in two weeks and they will all have a schedule! Do you have your bruised feet back?

2. Aurora - September 13, 2010

look at my toes next time we see eachother

3. Tami - September 14, 2010

Those comments are so hurtful…Where do they pick this stuff up? In Ethan’s repertoire are phrases like, “Go away, you’re not my mama!” “I don’t want you to be my mama!” And tonight, “I’m not your son!” Sometimes they are uttered with more venom than other times…suffice it to say that they are hurtful. I also try not to let them faze me, trying not to react so that I don’t reinforce the comments, but man, they do feel like a verbal punch. Sigh…

Have you heard about SibShops? I don’t know what it stands for but when Emil gets a little older, he can go. It’s a support/class for siblings of spectrum kids.

Glad the start of school went well!


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