Rachael - posted on 10/04/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )
Anyone with a 7+ Sev. Autistic boy who has been through a similar "stage" your experience would be appreciated!!! My boy is REALLY happy when I, my husband or any other "unsuspecting" visiting adult is in his room sitting on his bed (or the couch we have moved into his room, as the timber floor near his window was not comfortable...) he "puts us" where he wants us as he watches his DVD's or swings on his hammock, but when we get up to leave to go and do something like make dinner god forbid!!! he looses it! Dragging us back up the stairs crying or screaming as the case may be and as soon as we are back up there he is happy again, smiling and laughing... Of course we have "pushed through" this and ignored him and tried all sorts of things like one person leaving and then the other, but he works it out and chases us... We have sat to eat dinner with him crying and screaming the whole time until we finished and then went upstairs with him! Not good for digestion... We had complete strangers in his room the other day as when they knocked on the door and he saw them, that's where they had to be to enable us to talk.... Thankfully they were lovely people and understood our predicament but I would love to know if anyone else has been through this and what they did to stop it or did it just end in it's own time. I had a friend who's boy barked at visitors when they knocked at the door and cowered and growled at them when they came inside and he grew out of it... Similar age and feels like a similar thing, but would be glad of any advice to "speed" up this stage he is going through! His Grandfather has MS and cannot make it up the stairs as much as he crys and drags on his arm to join him up in his pad! Some Saturdays I would like to be able to plant some tree's, instead I am looking at them waiting to be planted, from the balcony window in his room.... :-) I'm glad he loves us to be with him but would like a bit more balance. Thanks to you all who reply!