I’ve heard it time and time again from other autism parents – our kids go through a roller-coaster of development. Some weeks will be phenomenal, while others will make us want to tear our hair out as we teeter on the edge of going mildly insane.
In our house, we are coming off of a 6-week period of the latter. We’re talking screaming, dysregulated, crying, stimmy hot mess kind of living for about 6 full weeks. I was exhausted. There were days when I just wanted to stay home and let Jack stim all day if he wanted, because I simply couldn’t stand one more moment of crying. It was hard – really hard – and there were days that I felt as though the sun might never shine again.
It was a low point. In fairness to Jack, several things had occurred that rocked his world to the core. We had been approved for twice-weekly speech and OT, which doubled the frequency of each of those therapies. Jack’s original speech therapist could not fit in a second weekly session with him, so we added an additional speech therapist. Then, the biggest change of all – special needs pre-K. He went from a year in which all therapies and educational interventions were one-on-one to a setting in which he was one of 10 children with special needs. In addition, he started getting speech, OT, and PT at school as well, which only added to the roll call of therapists and teachers he would now see weekly. …continue reading