I’ve been talking about how tough it’s been to sleep at night when Emmett is dealing with separation anxiety. The last few days he’s been doing really well in regards to sleeping in his own bed.
Last night was a bit of a struggle. He ultimately made it into his own bed but he had to fall asleep in my room first.
If you ask him why he needs to sleep in my room, he’ll say something along the lines of he feels more comfortable. Sometimes it’s because he has a string of nightmares that really upset him. Yet on other occasions, he’s said that he’s afraid that if he’s not glued to me at night, he’s going to wake up in the morning and I’ll have left in the middle of the night, leaving him all alone.
I get it and I try very hard to work with him. Therapy has not been as helpful since going remote and it’s a struggle.
Last night, I was able to grab a picture of what I’m talking about.
This is what I’m often dealing with at night. It’s tough to sleep when I feel like I’m being strangled. 😂
It’s not always this challenging. On some nights, it’s simply that he ends up laying horizontally across the mattress and makes sleep nearly impossible to find.
There’s no easy fix for this because autistic kids work differently. Tough love is not always a good approach. Forcing him to stay in his room creates excessive anxiety that only serves to make things worse.
This requires time, patience, therapy, outside of the box thinking and a ton of positive reinforcement.
I just wanted to give you a little more insight into my challenges in regards to sleep. Can anyone relate?