Lizze is still pretty sick. She’s been resting most of the day but still feels shitty. Hopefully she’s going to start feeling better soon.
The only interesting thing I need to catch you up on is that we had our first family therapy session since returning from Florida.
The appointment was interesting because we focused on the trip. Dr. Pattie asked each of the boys to tell her what they loved the most about the trip and what they hated the most about the trip.
I would have thought that everyone hated the drive there and back. That seemed like the obvious answer, but it wasn’t.
Gavin’s the only one who said anything about the drive.
The bottom line is, none of the kids really were able to answer that question. I thought that was interesting because it seems like such a simple question but apparently it wasn’t.
Dr. Pattie and I discussed what kind of behavioral issues we experienced while we were down there.
We saw many of the same things we do up here and that’s not really a surprise. The only thing that was really different was that the usual things were much more pronounced and problematic. The stress of the trip, new environment, climate and all the stimulus is responsible for that.
There were also some behaviors that were hadn’t really seen before.
I learned that in situations like us going on vacation for the first time ever, new behaviors can awaken.
I’m working on a post about some of the things we experienced behaviorally speaking. I’m hoping to get that done in the next couple of days.
If there was one thing I would stress about kids on the Autism Spectrum, it would be this:
It doesn’t matter if the stimulation is positive, like a vacation or negative, like a favorite toy breaking. The end result is often overstimulation followed by the inevitable meltdown.
I think there’s a great deal of misconception surrounding that tidbit of information.
This is why many Autism parents have grown to hate the holidays..