Gavin’s developed a bad habit and I can’t seem to break him of it 

Gavin is such a good kid and he’s come such a long way over the last year. Lately however, I’ve been seeing quite a few steps backwards and it’s got me a little bit worried.

It’s really kinda bizarre because as he’s slipping, as I have affectionately dubbed it, some old behavioral issues are resurfacing once again. I fear before too long, I’m going to be seeing full fledged meltdowns/tantrums again but that’s for another post at another time. 

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For the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to get Gavin to stop pointing with his middle finger. 

If you didn’t know him, he would honestly appear to be telling you silently, to fuck off. That’s not what he’s doing but I can think of a million situations this could get him in trouble..

He used to do with when he was little and it took forever to break him of this. Break him of this sounds harsh but I can’t very well let him go around pointing his middle finger at everyone. 

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There are neuromuscular issues at play here as well because his movements are becoming more ridged and lacking any level of finesse in both the fine and gross motor department. 

The point is that he doesn’t mean anything by it but the world doesn’t know that and something you learn very quickly as a special needs parent, is that the world is not a forgiving place kids like Gavin. 

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I’m not really sure what to do about this. 

When I remind him that he’s using his middle finger, he hits himself in the head and is very clearly frustrated with himself. 

For the record, I’m not mad at him at all. I just don’t want this to cause issues for him… 😕
It’s always something isn’t it…