Today’s Autism Victory: Walking a mile in his shoes

I want to take a few minutes and share a pretty big victory we celebrated tonight. The world at large probably won’t understand the significance of something like this but I know at least some of you will. 

Elliott struggles with extreme anxiety. He takes medication to improve his quality of life but it doesn’t really help. 

The boys and I walked the track tonight. Elliott wanted to explore the banks of the creek but I had to tell him no because we were racing the weather and I didn’t want to be caught in the rain.

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Elliott wasn’t happy with that and kept pushing and pushing to be allowed to go. My answer didn’t change and he was getting really frustrated. I stood my ground because I knew what was best at that point. 

I finally had to tell Elliott that if he didn’t stop, he’d be going straight to bed when we got home. Long story short, he didn’t stop and I told him he would be going to bed. 

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He was pretty upset about everything but wanted a second chance.

I eventually told him that if he could finish the rest of the walk and make better choices, that I’d consider the second chance. 

Elliott ended up getting into a much better mood and finished the walk with a smile on his face. This is a big deal because he really struggles in this type of situation. 

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He did a really good job during the second half of the walk. I’m super proud of him because I know it wasn’t easy. That’s why this is such a big victory, at least as far as I’m concerned.