Monday, February 28, 2011
Autism ..... it's like Groundhog Day!
Nicky get's stuck, he has narrow interests and once he gets an idea in his mind letting go and moving on is difficult. In print it doesn't sound like much, but it's rough for both of us. It's like ground hog day, he goes over and over the topic/issue with no clear end in sight. Once it starts I don't know if I will be able to redirect him, or if his frustration will escalate putting him in melt down. Depending on how bad it is, I can get as frustrated as he is, because I can't stop it. But I have to stay calm and firm, because if I get frustrated, he feels it, and he only gets worst. ABA training has helped to expand his interest and give me strategies to help him get "un-stuck". These 4 short clips all center around Nicky wanting a video, that he can't find, and I've never heard of. In this scenario he's given the video a random name based on something in it's content, not the actual title, which makes it really hard to help. It's just one more thing about living with ASD that those who have not seen it close up, can't comprehend.