Gavin’s driving me crazy because apparently, I’m not stressed out enough already



I’m going to try and keep things on track and if you’re looking for updates on Lizze’s Dad, please check here. If Lizze isn’t up to it, she may ask me to convey her thoughts.

Having said that, while we haven’t noticed any changes in Gavin’s behavior yet, his typical behavior is overwhelming enough already. Gavin’s truly the sweetest kid, and I couldn’t be any prouder of him. At the same time, he’s been driving me crazy (yes, I know that’s a short trip).

I love him dearly but he will not stop talking.



He’s in one of those places where I’m not sure he even realizes that he talking outloud.

Lately, he’s been verbalizing every thought that comes into his mind. There’s some strange shit that goes through his head. lol

He’s been telling me what he’s doing, step by step. I know that might not make sense but let me give you a real life example. This actually happens.



Gavin insists on doing the dishes and we support it. He needs to learn things like this in order to maintain any amount of independence.

I’ll be in the living room, trying to write. Gavin will come into the room and announce that he’s turned the water on to fill the sink. Then he’ll walk away. A minute later he’ll inform me of the dishes he’s already washed, as well as what still needs washed. Then he’ll tell me what he was unable to get done for whatever reason.

Communication is good and don’t get me wrong, we’re so grateful he’s verbal. It’s just that there are times, usually only on days that end in “y”, that he can make me want to shove sharpened pencils into my ears.

It doesn’t matter why he’s talking so much, because the impact it has is the same either way. It’s exhausting.

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Christina louise

I love the surverys. With this particular question there may be some argument that there is nothing wring with our children and we wouldnt change them for the world and if my two autistic sons thought the same way I would agree with you, I like their quirks. They are unique. But my children understand they are different and my eldest som is only partially verbal and screams at me all the time to “fix (my) brain!” Whereas my other son seeks opportunities to make friends and is always disappointed. I want exactly what they want for their lives! I… Read more »

Rob Gorski
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Amen.. As long as my kids are happy, I’m happy.

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kimmy gebhardt

Curious, are there any social groups in the area that Gavin could join? Any sort of classes or really just anything that will give him some socialization outside of the family? I don’t have experience with special needs kids, but this sounds similar to what I’ve experienced with elderly people who didn’t have much going on socially. They tend to talk about anything and everything because they are just so happy to have someone who is listening. I have no doubt that Gavin’s talking is more than just loneliness or lack of socialization, but maybe it could help?

Rob Gorski
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That’s something we’ve talked about but until we figure out what’s going on with his health, we’re limiting his contact to help avoid illness. Frankly, the hardest part is that he talks about the same thing, over and over..

I do like your comparison and I think there’s something to it.

Christina louise
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Christina louise

I love the surverys. With this particular question there may be some argument that there is nothing wring with our children and we wouldnt change them for the world and if my two autistic sons thought the same way I would agree with you, I like their quirks. They are unique. But my children understand they are different and my eldest som is only partially verbal and screams at me all the time to “fix (my) brain!” Whereas my other son seeks opportunities to make friends and is always disappointed. I want exactly what they want for their lives! I… Read more »

Rob Gorski
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Amen.. As long as my kids are happy, I’m happy.

kimmy gebhardt
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kimmy gebhardt

Curious, are there any social groups in the area that Gavin could join? Any sort of classes or really just anything that will give him some socialization outside of the family? I don’t have experience with special needs kids, but this sounds similar to what I’ve experienced with elderly people who didn’t have much going on socially. They tend to talk about anything and everything because they are just so happy to have someone who is listening. I have no doubt that Gavin’s talking is more than just loneliness or lack of socialization, but maybe it could help?

Rob Gorski
Admin

That’s something we’ve talked about but until we figure out what’s going on with his health, we’re limiting his contact to help avoid illness. Frankly, the hardest part is that he talks about the same thing, over and over..

I do like your comparison and I think there’s something to it.