We had Elliott to Akron Children’s Hospital yesterday. It was a routine follow up in behavioral health. We discussed any concerns we had. We talwdat things are going well and what needs work. We also follow up on medications and make sure we’re still on the right track with that as well.
I personally feel like Elliott is making a serious effort in many areas, and I made sure to bring that up. I’m incredibly proud of him because I know that life in our house isn’t easy.
That said, there are still things that he needs to work on as well. That’s not anything against him at all. He’s a newly minted teenager, and that’s never easy, especially when Autism factors in.
One of the things that Elliott is upset about is his lack of independence.
He wants to stay home alone or go outside by himself and he resents us of not giving him these freedoms. He feels like we don’t trust him and that’s not the case. It’s not the case at all.
In fairness, Elliott is very cognitively advanced, but he’s not as mature emotionally. That tends to cause problems at times, and this is one of those times.
The reasons he doesn’t stay home alone has little to do with him personally, and everything to do with where we live. Our neighborhood isn’t safe, and there are things that frequently happen around here that dictate our actions. As I’m laying in bed writing this, Lizze and I just heard six gunshots. They were close enough that I jumped.