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a pick me up.

My brother has this one habit where if we go for a walk- ten minutes into the walk he’ll given up and he’ll want to be carried. And if you refuse he’ll actually sit on the floor, no matter where we are. Once, me and my mum were on the way back from the doctors and he just stopped walking and lifted his arms out to my mum which usually means that he wants to picked up. So he’s just standing there and my mum is refusing to pick him up so, we what we do is we take a few steps forward to see whether he follows us but no! He decides to sit on the floor!

It’s quite hard to try and get him to walk for longer so I don’t know how we’re going to go around this. We’re thinking of getting him a bike and perhaps once he learns how to work it, he can cycle instead. Here’s hoping this works and if not then it’s back to square one!

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DIG A HOLE!

Is currently my baby brothers favourite game.

Requirements:

-A bed with a duvet.

-Yourself.

-And Skills.

So we have my older brothers old bed downstairs in one of the spare rooms because we plan on throwing it out (not sure out to exactly o.o) My brother would just suddenly disappear and the first place we’d look is the spare room. I remember once when I went into the spare room to look for my brother the first thing I noticed was something moving under the duvets at quite a fast pace. Before I knew it, my brother popped his head out the end of the duvet giggling with joy! It was really cute! 🙂 And it also reminded me of a game me and my older brother used to play when we were really young and it was called ‘Dig a Hole’. Funnily enough, it was exactly the same game as my baby brother just discovered.

You guys should try it. It’s a really fun game and a great way to kill time! (Though it’s more fun when your below the age of 6 and way below 5ft.

 

In other news, my brothers starting school soon! He’s going to be starting a new school and going to be there for like 7 hours! We’re all nervous. Just the normal ‘is he going to settle in?’ is clouding over our minds. Also thoughts like ‘is he willing to try new foods?’, ‘will his communication improve?’, ‘will the staff be cooperative and supportive just like the staff at his nursery?’

2 members of staff came to our house today to just speak to us about the basics of starting school and stuff. They talked us through a lot of things and they seemed really lovely c: Some of the things we discussed were putting my brother on school dinners. This is so that my brother could try and experience different types of foods. But being the picky eater that he is, we are packing weetabix in his bag. If this fails then he’s probably going to have to come home for lunch.

For me, I guess one of the concerns I have is whether he’ll be able to settle in with his new school just like he settled in his nursery. I’m hoping he does because once he does settle in, he just really enjoys actually going to school and then coming back 🙂 Bit I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Sensitive to sound?

So recently I, as well as my parents have noticed that whenever we change the channel to this specific channel, he runs behind someone and hides his head  or goes into the kitchen and hides- or he’d take the remote and want you to change it. It’s funny because before when we used to change it to this specific channel, he never used to hide or anything. But now he does.

Yesterday couldn’t have been any better timing as yesterday, I managed to pick up ‘Ten things every child with Autism wishes you knew’ again and started and finished reading chapter two- ‘My sensory perceptions are disordered’.

*SPOILER ALERT*

(FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK, PLEASE DO NOT READ BEYOND THIS POINT- OR YOU CAN IF YOU WANTED TO)

2. My sensory perceptions are disordered.

Sensory integration may be the most difficult aspect of autism to understand, but it is arguably the most critical. This means that the ordinary sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches of everyday that you may not even notice can be downright painful for me. The very environment in which I have to live often seems hostile. I may appear withdrawn or belligerent to you but I am just trying to defend myself. Here is why a “simple” trip to the grocery store may be hell for me:

My hearing may be hyper-acute. Dozens of people are talking at once. The loudspeaker booms today’s special. Music whines from the sound system. Cash registers beep and cough, a coffee grinder is chugging. The meat cutter screeches, babies wail, carts creak, the fluorescent lighting hums. My brain can’t filter all the input and I’m in overload!

My sense of smell may be highly sensitive. The fish at the meat counter isn’t quite fresh, the guy standing next to us hasn’t showered today, the deli is handing out sausage samples, the baby in line ahead of us has a poopy diaper, they’re mopping up pickles on aisle 3 with ammonia….I can’t sort it all out. I am dangerously nauseated.

Because I am visually oriented (see more on this below), this may be my first sense to become overstimulated. The fluorescent light is not only too bright, it buzzes and hums. The room seems to pulsate and it hurts my eyes. The pulsating light bounces off everything and distorts what I am seeing — the space seems to be constantly changing. There’s glare from windows, too many items for me to be able to focus (I may compensate with “tunnel vision”), moving fans on the ceiling, so many bodies in constant motion. All this affects my vestibular and proprioceptive senses, and now I can’t even tell where my body is in space.

*Small extract of the chapter which can be found in this website: http://www.ellennotbohm.com/article-archive/ten-things-every-child-with-autism-wishes-you-knew/

I found out that the channel or more importantly, the adverts featured on that channel (since he hides away from those) may be an overdose of visual images and sounds. Note: I’m saying sorry in advance for using this specific example but its the best way to explain it- its like having an overdose of someone’s fart clogging up your nose and you can’t stand it so you want it to go away so bad before it drives you crazy! I guess thats how its like for him. And perhaps this changes every now and then, I don’t know but it is something I’m going to look into but at least I can tell my parents that its too much for him. However this then means that he’ll need some form of sensory therapy which I’ll raise next time I see the paedetrician or when I visit his new school c: I swear, this book it like the Holy Book of ASD :’)- or something like that o.o

On another note, as much as I would love to post everyday, I can’t. I’m doing a lot of things and theres just not enough hours during the day but I will try and post at least once a week- THANKS GUYS! Also, I do appreciate each and every person liking my posts :’)