Common Sense

One of the most frustrating and draining things about raising Gavin is the fact that he lacks common sense. I am very serious when I say that. Gavin does not have any common sense. That part of his brain just doesn’t work. While he is extremely intelligent it’s also “think to breath” so to speak with everything else. He doesn’t recognise even the most basic safety things like the burner is hot or that’s way to high to jump from.

Honestly, Elliott Richard past him up in that department a while back. It’s hard to always keep in mind that Gavin really doesn’t function very well in the real world. It’s really easy to lose your patience because all you see sometimes is a 10 year old doing things that his 4 year old brother knows is wrong.

You have to visualize Gavin as a 2 or 3 year old in a bigger body. So what Gavin does is really appropriate for his emotional age but not his physical age. Way to often I see him as an out of control 10 year old. Gavin is really smart and can do some things that are well past is physical age so it’s easy to forget where he really is. That is really one of the most difficult parts of this whole journey.

Lost and Tired

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