The imaginary world’s of Autism

I have mentioned on more than one occasion that typical consequences don’t work with Gavin. Raising a special needs child can require outside the box thinking. This is a perfect example of what I mean.
Yesterday while we were waiting for Gavin to be admitted I made sure it wasn’t fun. I shut the TV off and did not let him order his “special lunch”. He was angry at first but then simply retreated into his imaginary world. How do you work with that? That’s not something we can take away from him. This is the problem we have been facing. How do you punish a child that doesn’t care if you send him to his room or take something away. In our case, you replace what he’s planning on eating for breakfast, lunch or dinner with oatmeal.

This video is an example of Gavin not caring about the consequences of his actions. He can’t watch TV so he just plays a game with his hands. Not much we can do besides use whatever works.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quSTmwDFOBc[/youtube]

 

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