With Liam there is never a dull moment. Just like all my boys, Liam has the power to bring me the most joy. He also has the power to make my red hair fall out.
Like most high functioning autistic children, coping and managing their idiosyncrasies usually revolves around routine.
When you move out of routine things can go haywire real quick and results in tantrums, fear, withdrawal, or major misbehavior and of course..major anxiety of the parents.
Within the first 5 seconds when I ge home in afternoon I am greeted with the same routine everyday.
First “fly”, where I hoist his near 50 lb body into the air and catch him.
Then ” roll it.”, which is more like ring around the rosy.
The “swing” , when I hold his arms and swing him between my legs.
The more… ” leg” where he clings to my leg and sits on my foot while I walk around.
Then Finally “wrestle” where I give him a few body slams on the bed. Don’t worry…I have been trained :).
That is what we do. And if I try to deviate then I am in for a long evening.
So it’s best to stick to a routine. I learned he has his own routine at school that he follows everyday and if you watched him do it, you wouldn’t even know he was autistic. Which is the main objective of these programs; to prepare them for standard education.
- Hangs up Jacket.
- Checks his mail
- Washes his hands
- Dries his hands
- Then finds his name and drags it to the “here” column.