Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Sam has decided that he doesn't want to wear jackets or sweatshirts that can function as jackets. As soon as he sees one coming at him he flips out. If I put it on him, he flips out more - screaming, kicking, throwing things, crying - and won't stop until it is gone. He reacts in a similar fashion to new shoes. He also gets out of sorts changing from pants to shorts or short to pants as the seasons change. But, the pants/shorts and shoes issue usually passes quicklywhen he realizes he isn't getting his way. The jacket thing don't seem to be going away. Interestingly, he doesn't mind long sleeve shirts. It is fun.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Little things are so much more complicated

When you have a child with special needs, little things are so much more complicated. You can't just go to watch the high school football game or take a trip to the park without seriously scouting the layout first. You can't just get a babysitter and take a night out (assuming there is any money to go out or get a babysitter). My husband and I went into a panic tonight because he has to leave very early Friday morning for a seminar. It is my husband's job to get Sam up and put him on the bus in the morning. What to do??? If he were typical we could send him to a neighbor or something like that. You just never know what he will get into in a new house. My fear is he could potentially spend and hour jumping on and off their lovely coffee table. Once he is addicted to a behavior, he can't stop himself. Luckily, there is a girl in his class who lives nearby. She is much higher functioning but her mom "gets" the disorder. I am still worried that Sam will give her hell for the 45 minutes he will be there but we are up against a wall here. I can't take the day off because this is the first week of school.