Day 12: Autism Awareness Blogathon
This morning I read the most recent post from ‘Diary of A Mom’ called ‘Our Autism’. It was heartfelt and sad and protective and ultimately redemptive. A great, thought provoking read.
It got me thinking about what OUR autism was. If I took a snapshot today, it would be different tomorrow and different again a year from now, but still the same as well.
So here’s today’s snapshot of Our Autism:
- 4am start, dry bed – (woo hoo)
- stayed in his own bed all night
- old ribbon (green) has disappeared, substitute (blue) accepted
- breakfast half eaten
- mostly keeping his hands to himself unless space invaded
- ear-splitting screaching for fun sensory input, along with constant ribbon flicking
- very cuddly, spontaneous kisses
- play date and lunch with friends (kids on the spectrum plus sibs)
- cup of tea and cake devoured
- ate a curry pie for lunch
- less than 10 incidences of behaviors requiring management throughout the day, including pushing a 2yo down some stairs (she was stopping him from accessing a door). Luckily she was OK and her mum was only too familiar with stuff like this.
- success in toileting until our regular daily poo emergency. Not too messy.
- only one change of pants required
- said what sounded like ‘I want dvd’. I don’t think that’s what he wanted (doesn’t care two hoots for dvd’s) but still…
- enjoyed playing outside in the beautiful autumn sunshine
- no paper ripping today
- quite a lot of running in circles
- not too much spitting, or hand biting
- quite a lot of fun, stimmy noisemaking
- played with a soft toy dog for about an hour, giving it kisses and keeping it beside him (a first)
- drank water (yee haa)
- when called, runs in the opposite direction until the threat of ribbon removal brings him in
- some good requesting and use of words along with a lot of jargony chatter
- enjoyed the evening routine: dinner, bath, cuddles, bed
- asleep by 7.15
All in all, a pretty good day for us.