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"No Monster Man"
Noah, you are a child who rarely has tantrums. A “meltdown” is unusual… You probably have 3 or 4 really big ones in a whole year!
Despite the fact that your Autism Spectrum Disorder can make the world a confusing and sensory-overload filled place, you usually seem to take it all in stride. We are so proud of you, and we do our best to make your world and path in this life easier for you. Making things predictable really helps, and we are masters of that!
Not to focus on the negative, but if you DO have a tantrum, usually it is sparked by:
1) …Not being able to access something on the computer that you were able to get to at one time. This sometimes happened if the company removed a kid-stuff video you liked. “YouTube” is REALLY bad for doing this!
2)… The words “Just wait!” Yikes, they can sometimes make things stressful for you. You become upset and repeat the words “You have to way-ait!” and cry. It’s hard to explain that it would just take a few seconds to help you or locate the thing you wanted. The phrase “My turn” results in the same reaction.
3) …Being told that you’ve had “Enough white noodles for now” upsets you sometimes (LOL)- OHMY…you sure LOVE your white noodles! (GRIN)
4) …The stubborn part of you sometimes lands you in tantrum-land, too.
You (ahem) take after Daddy and me, and we’re both rather stubborn!
So, what helps?
Distraction sometimes works, but that has become a little bit harder as you’ve become older.
Dr. Bach’s Rescue Remedy almost always seems to help you cope. (It’s homeopathic.)
Prevention really works too- we have set up good predictable routines, and we’ve also noticed that if big brother
takes you outside to play on the swings-- or in winter, to use the sled; or if
Dad takes you and Argo for a walk, you’re
calmer and better able to cope. In warmer weather, swimming or bouncing on the
trampoline is therapeutic, too.
You are not a child that we would ever call a “tantrum-er.” We are very lucky that you smile a lot and “putting on the grumpy monster-face” is a rarity!!!! Love you, Noah!
Photo by Daddy: Nov 19, 2012
Journaling by Mom:
Jan 2013 (updated
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