Friday, September 10, 2010

The Newest Quirks

* Once he has a bowel movement every piece of clothing he was previously wearing must go in the dirty laundry and he needs a new outfit. (And he's not having accidents, this is just his thought process)

* A track must be built on the edge of the tub before he'll get in to take a bath.

* He can not leave the bathroom until all the bath water drains. He then puts the little knob that keeps the water in the tub back up.

*When getting into the van he has to open the gas tank once before opening the car door.

* He must touch both arm rests on his booster seat with the back of his hands before he'll get out of the van.

* He's really into symmetry these days so I'm seeing a lot of oops I bumped into that with my right side, let me turn around and do it on my left side before I go do whatever I'm off to do.

* He suddenly wants to only wear Corbin's clothes and we keep catching him digging around in Corbin's bureaus. Corbin does not like this one much.

So On top of the doors, lights, and toilet rituals he has had going on for months now- he's a pretty busy guy. Just keeping up with his rituals and routines could be a full-time job! (And there's more, just when I sit down to blog my brain always draws a blank).

6 comments:

Christina said...

Wow I don't know how you keep track of all that! But I guess as moms we just do! Good luck on your trip!!

Lynn said...

Audrey just started with the constant outfit changes too. If she gets so much as a drop of water or a crumb on anything, she has to change.

I'm just curious, and don't take this as guilt-inducing or critical, do you always let him indulge those things? Do you ever make him carry on without completing the full ritual? Would he tantrum if you do? I never know how much to break those behaviors up...or at least try to. Audrey's gets really OCD too and I'm not sure if it can be alleviated if I push the point now. So painful though.

Heather said...

Lynn-

For the most part I let him indulge in the routines :/ Before this was the one part of autism that Brian really didn't have and then over the past year it has developed quite nicely (enter sarcasm there). So it was kind of new for me- I actually asked our pedi about it and he said we should let him do it. With Brian he'll tantrum, he'll tantrum big time- and this is really the only areas now that we have a tantrum. Then if you let him go do it, he's fine- it's like all this tension left his body.

That being said sometimes I can't let him do it. Like the first day of school where he broke one crayon so then thought all the crayons in the box had to be broken. I couldn't let him do that. So we had to leave the room and out-of-sight, out-of-mind seemed to work then- but it definitely doesn't work for his three big ones- doors, lights, and toilets.

Heather said...

Lynn-

For the most part I let him indulge in the routines :/ Before this was the one part of autism that Brian really didn't have and then over the past year it has developed quite nicely (enter sarcasm there). So it was kind of new for me- I actually asked our pedi about it and he said we should let him do it. With Brian he'll tantrum, he'll tantrum big time- and this is really the only areas now that we have a tantrum. Then if you let him go do it, he's fine- it's like all this tension left his body.

That being said sometimes I can't let him do it. Like the first day of school where he broke one crayon so then thought all the crayons in the box had to be broken. I couldn't let him do that. So we had to leave the room and out-of-sight, out-of-mind seemed to work then- but it definitely doesn't work for his three big ones- doors, lights, and toilets.

Lynn said...

Audrey just started with the constant outfit changes too. If she gets so much as a drop of water or a crumb on anything, she has to change.

I'm just curious, and don't take this as guilt-inducing or critical, do you always let him indulge those things? Do you ever make him carry on without completing the full ritual? Would he tantrum if you do? I never know how much to break those behaviors up...or at least try to. Audrey's gets really OCD too and I'm not sure if it can be alleviated if I push the point now. So painful though.

Christina said...

Wow I don't know how you keep track of all that! But I guess as moms we just do! Good luck on your trip!!