Wireless door bells are great for the child’s bedroom when you need help but don’t want to make a lot of noise. Install the button near the child’s bed, and the wireless chime near family members usual hang out. Need help with the child without yelling?! Ding-dong!!
So here we go again. Halloween is this Saturday, and having a child with Autism, this holiday can be tricky and not always a treat.
First, there is the costume ordeal. My Mattie has never been a Disney Fan, so that rules out 75% of all child costumes. And I NEVER do gory. GEE, wonder why?? Hmmm…..,I bet it wouldn’t be a good idea to teach a child that takes EVERYTHING literally, that it is OK to pretend to be hurt or play with a knife or that blood is funny. So, what are we left with? He loves Dora, but I am NOT dressing my ten year old son like a girl, or her monkey sidekick, for that matter. And any show on PBS- and he likes them as well-is too young for him to dress up as. That leaves us to be an Army guy-like his Dad-for the 5th year in a row. No ammo, or weaponry of any sort, of course, just comfy fatigues and hat, and a bag for his goodies.
Our second Halloween obstacle to overcome is the actual Trick or Treating. This in our case, requires some preparation, and help from our neighbors. 3 years ago, Trick or Treating was disastrous for us. Mattie would not go to anyone’s door, and the few houses he did go up to he tried to go in their houses, and stay a while. Thank God, my neighbors know and love him, or this could have been REALLY bad. The following year, I tried something new. The day before Halloween, we first called then visited,the few neighbors I knew would be willing to help us. A ding dong trial run, you might say. It was a full dress rehearsal and all went well that night and on the actual holiday. And then there was last year. I felt no trial run was needed, as things had gone so smoothly the year before, so we got Mattie into his Army costume after an early dinner, and did a quick run to my mother in laws so she could see how cute he was. On the way home, in the car, Mattie fell asleep-and slept right through trick or treating.
And here we are again. Army costume , again. Our favorite neighbors have already been asking me if we will be coming for candy at their houses this year. I hope so, is my reply. Mattie’s teacher has provided us with some PECS (pictures with words) prompts to help us along. And Dad is ready to walk the neighborhood with his favorite junior officer again this year. We hope. Stay tuned. I’ll let you know how it goes. Or doesn’t.
Mattie chills on his indoor swing, while listening to music on his CD player. It took 3 months of ABA to get Mattie to sit and listen to his music, and enjoy it. This gives his Dad a much needed nap after a LONG weekend. Thank God for ABA!
Last night Mattie was a sleep before I could carry him upstairs. Tonight, when I had the chance to watch my DVR-ed shows- he’s awake till -well, now it’s almost 1am. Can’t win tonight. But, I get to win most nights, so, can’t complain too much. Going to watch Dora with Mattie and John, for the 90th time tonight, Adios!