Anyone that has followed our journey over the years knows that life with Gavin is challenging and sometimes dangerous. We have been concerned about the impact his behaviors are having on his younger brothers for quite some time now.
The reason this has popped up again is because the earily intervention specialists involved with Emmett John have suggested that some of Emmett Johns behaviors are mimicking Gavins. That is exactly what Dr. Patti says about Elliott as well. She says that Gavin has contaminated everything. We don’t know where Gavin and his behaviors end and the other kids begin. Because of how dynamic Gavins issues are it makes it extremely difficult to know what behaviors are actually Emmett and Elliotts and what behaviors are either reactions to or imitations of Gavins.
It’s like Gavin over shadows everything and everyone. I don’t know what we are going to do. The best thing for Emmett and Elliott is to limit their exposure to Gavin. I use the word “exposure” because that’s exactly what it is. Anyone that is involved with us on a more personal level has probably already experienced what I mean by “exposure”.
Most people can only take Gavin is short spurts because he is just so exhausting. I wish I knew wht we were supposed to do. We have to make some tough choices and I don’t know where those choices are going to take us but I fear they are going to involve putting distance and a buffer between Gain and th other kids.