#autism: One step forward two steps back

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For those of you that have been following the Lost and Tired family’s story for awhile now, you’re probably familiar with the concern over Emmett’s regression lately.

It hasn’t been anything extreme but enough that we are very aware that it’s happening. You may also recall that Gavin was about the same age when he began his steady decline into regression. Needless to say, Emmett experiencing this as well has us truly terrified.

We have been seeing many behaviors resurfacing after he had moved past them. One of the most noticeable is potty time. Emmett will no longer goto the bathroom alone. This is a step backwards for us. Also, he’s back to taking all his clothes off, including his socks, before going to the bathroom. At least he’s still potty trained. Thank God for that.

I’ve also heard that the taking off of his clothes could be a sensory thing. Like he somehow thinks they will get dirty if he wears them. The problem is that he won’t get dressed again after. He’ll put his underpants back on but nothing else.

I know that he has a great deal of things going on in his life. While it’s not always convenient to escort him to the bathroom, I’m happy to do it if it makes him feel better. I have been trying to instill the need for privacy in him. I’ll try, whenever possible to stand outside of the open bathroom door.

That way he knows I’m there but he’s sorta on his own at the same time. It’s always a moving target with my kids. I was wondering if any of you experience this type of one step forward two steps back kinda thing? How do deal with it?


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We’ve been having issues with my oldest. He has ADHD and is on medication for it. We have him in counseling. He goes on 12/17 for a sensory processing evaluation. He wears glasses (his vision in 20/200 w/o glasses) and is the size of the typical 6 year old and he is 10. He has asthma and allergies. He is in the AG program at school and is extremely bright. He has few friends and I know this bothers him even though he rarely talks about it. He hyper focuses one on thing and currently it is Lego/building. He says… Read more »


Con’t of previous post….. Byron is doing OK in school,but it is the after school program that he is having problems with. He recently got suspended from it for 6 days because he got upset about the snack. It was yogurt and cheese. He refuses any yogurt, jell-o, pudding type foods saying they are too wiggly. He basically eats 4 things. He got upset over the snack and threw a royal fit when the staff would not give him anything else. Then the power went out and the group had to move to a better lighted area. He was already… Read more »