I feel helpless and powerless because I can’t help my kids with #Autism

It’s quite a helpless and powerless feeling when my kids are struggling and the things they need in those moments, I can’t give them.

We’re working on it and it’s very much a work in progress. On the positive side, Emmett is finally opening up and sharing how he feels. He’s not doing in a diplomatic way and he gets very angry but he’s beginning to talk. Frankly, in my view, I don’t care how he says what he needs to say at this point because it’s more important that he purge than express himself in a more appropriate way. Those are things we can work on as we move forward. Right now, I just want him to open up.

Anyway, it’s a work in progress.

I do have some good-ish news to share. I have the necessary documentation to get home instruction approved for Emmett. His therapist wrote a very detailed letter and recommended that Emmett receive home instruction on a temporary basis, with the goal of getting him back into the classroom setting full time as soon as possible.

The letter will also freeze the attendance status as well, at least that’s my understanding.

That’s progress and Emmett is not pushing back on this at all. He loves school and thrives on learning, so I wouldn’t expect him to be resistant to learning from home.

I’m hoping that we can make this a short term thing and get him back on track ASAP. For right now, this is a big step in the right direction.

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What about having them write about their day (which would include their feelings) in a daily “journal”. Not just things that are upsetting or frustrating them, but also things that are making them happy. Then they could bring their journal to therapy and give Dr. Patti a look at their week.


I wonder if individual therapy would help.


I guess that goes along with the not talking to anyone except you problem. :/

Audrey Ashkin

Just a thought…..video tape (even just the vocal/audio) Emmet and you talking about something he opened up to you about that you would like him to discuss with his therapist. Have him bring the audio and play it at therapy. He might like hearing your voice during therapy since you are his “go to”. The therapist can work his/her magic based on what was being discussed in audio.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
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