Spring Break 2018

There is nothing on this earth that I love more than these awesome kids.  I often joke that school breaks are hardly breaks at our house, but there is definitely truth to this.  All children need routine, but children with autism do even more.  So breaks from school are hard.  Even time in the afternoon is hard unless we have some sort of plan in place. At our house, my kiddo tends to wander and stem on things (opening/closing drawers and doors, staring at light-activated toys, opening/closing the trashcan, etc) when he’s given unlimited choices. He seems “lost” at times, even unhappy.

When working with TEACCH, I identified two priorities that would be life changing for our family:
1) Learning to poop on the toilet.  It was pointed out to me that, again...this is very much part of his routine...NOT just simple stubbornness.  Getting him to pee in a toilet took considerate time and effort and ended with an 8 hour standoff...where he was left in only underwear and he held his pee all day long.  When he finally couldn’t take it any more...he started peeing...and I slid the potty under.  Then it became routine.  I’m hoping for the same type of effect with #2, but haven’t been able to give him my undivided attention for a long enough period of time to master this.  Hopefully we will get there!
2) I’d like to cook my family a meal and not worry that my child has left the house, is eating something that isn’t food, or is climbing out a window (all things he has attempted).  Here are some things I am introducing that I hope will eventually become independent tasks:

A “spot” to stand or sit on- I found these color discs that we are going to try- they are portable...meaning we could throw it down in line at the store, while waiting at the bus stop, etc...and it came with enough for all of my kids.

A visual schedule: we have done this new one 1x and it was already very helpful.  He tolerated 5 minutes of book time with 0 complaint, which is miraculous.  I put Velcro ontbe back of this so that I can take it off and move it with him if I need to.

A timer: once we transition to more independent tasks,  this will hopefully add some structure and decrease his anxiety.

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