I wanted to kind of get back on track with the blog today. Since I have to be up cause Lizze had to take Emmett to the doctors I figured now as good a time as any. In the video included in the post you will see Lizze simply trying to get Emmett dressed in order to leave for the doctors. This actually went on for a few minutes before I started recording it. Now normally I would have jumped right in (or Lizze would have jumped in to help me if it were the other way around) to help her. However, we wanted you all to see just one of the “smaller” struggles we face with Emmett John.
This is very typical of trying to get him dressed. As you can see he doesn’t enjoy this process. We have tried many ways to ease this but haven’t found anything that actually works…or even works more then once. It’s heartbreaking to have to go through this every time we try to get him dressed. He literally gets into a panic but what choice do we have. So can see it in his eyes. Despite what some may say, he’s not just giving us a hard time. This is clearly sensory related and not him just being a “brat”. This is one of the reasons you always see him in his diaper. That and we just don’t have the energy anymore to battle over and over again..unless we absolutely have to. We also don’t want to but him through anymore then we have to right now. Our goal is to desensitize him over time.
Many parents out there face this type of challenge every single day as well. I just wanted to shine the spot light on this particular issue. Most people can just get their kids dressed without much problem. However, their are also many, like my family, that don’t have that luxury… Hopefully this will give some further insight into the daily struggles facing families coping with Autism.