A family's story

The short circuiting began a few days ago. It was small at first…he fidgeted in his chair more, he refused to eat a bagel with “squish” (cream cheese) for breakfast, he asked to vacuum as soon as he woke up from bed..but today? Today Tate is in full-force breakdown.

First, Tate didn’t sleep last night. He couldn’t settle down to sleep, and when I couldn’t find his favorite stim stick he freaked out. He was up 5 times from 9:30 pm until 7:00 am. Hubz tried sleeping in the basement, which usually works, but to no avail.

Second, we were talking about school starting on Wednesday. Jake groaned, like any kid would, but accepted his fate and moved on. Tate started flapping and making some of his verbal stims that he does when anxious…he kind of mumbles to himself. He then started to pace and play ant smasher compulsively.

Third, Tate had 2 sessions of ABA today. This morning’s session was a little rough, but he managed through it ok. This afternoon’s session has been awful. He’s been yelling for me, screaming at me (and I am upstairss), and crying and whining. He keeps telling his therapist that everything is stinky. *sigh*

Hubz and Jake went to a neighbor’s house to watch the Rose Bowl. I am supposed to bring Tate & Cole once ABA is over. I am wondering if maybe I should just forget it. Except that Tate said he wants to go play with the kids over there….oh, what to do? Social interaction is important for him, but….

Today we are in a hard place…and I know we’ll be here for about a week as we assimilate back into our “normal” routine. These are the rough times…

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