Frustration, it goes along with autism. I’m quiet often frustrated with Gavin. We were getting ready to walk out the door to go to school this morning and I noticed something wrong with his pants. The whole back side of his pants was covered in tooth paste. How do you get tooth paste on the back of your pants. It turns out that he had gotten tooth paste on his hands and so he wiped it on his pants and even the back of his school shirt instead of using the towel that was right next to him. Little things like this are expected but exhausting.
The other day Gavin was getting ready to take a shower. We have been having big issues with showering because he doesn’t rinse his hair. So we spent 10 minutes reviewing prior to him getting into the shower. He takes a 15 min shower. We check him to make sure he rinsed his hair. He still had soap all over his hair and in his ears ect. We made him get back into the shower to rinse. He told us that he never rinses anything he just wipes it off with the towel when he gets out. He says he doesn’t want to get wet. But that doesn’t make any sense because he will get himself wet in order to wash but them becomes afraid of the water so much so that he gets out without rinsing. I don’t understand his logic but I probably never will. We made him get back into the shower and rinse the soap off. He screamed the whole time like we were trying to kill him. Maybe it’s sensory but why would it only be part of the time? Why would he just be afraid to rinse.?
Everyday along our journey we meet new challenges. Everyday I’m surprised by what those challenges turn out to be. It’s often very frustrating and exhausting. This is just a small part of the overwhelming nature that is autism.. However, it’s these little things that tend to take their toll.