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Waves of Autism | The Puzzle Boy

Waves of Autism

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Have you ever noticed that your Autistic child will have good days and bad days? It is like the waves and tides of an ocean. There are high times and low times. Stormy times and calm times. Days where you feel you have it "all together" and times when it seems like everything you accomplished just fell apart!. Those are dismal days for sure! I have been contemplating such events. Where do they come from, why is it so? Guess what? I think it is more complicated than we can even imagine!

First of all, do not get overly discouraged. Think of yourself. How well do you ride the waves? Do you stay calm and even constantly, or do you change? I have high days where I am feeling on top of the world. This may last a couple of weeks. I think I have "arrived!" I know how to manage my moods! Surprise!" One day I wake up and feel like crawling. My mind is not as clear. I have a harder time accomplishing all my tasks. Everything that I like to do, I now do not like to do. All can seem bleak and overwhelming. Too much input, too little energy to manage it.
Then, when you think it must be old age, you have a resurgence and feel fantastic again? Why?

Same reason as your Autistic child. The world, the ocean, the weather, and our body rhythms have something in common. They change. Unfortunately, for our Autistic kids, these changes appear very drastic to us. We "normal type" individuals have some "say" over how we feel. We can zip our lips, take more naps, drag on anyways, or just plain muster up our thought processes to get by. Our special needs kids do not have the same mental processes we do. They don't know why they feel a certain way. They just respond to it. No stops. We have to be their "stop gap" We have to view them and think, "hmmmmmm, I think my child has had enough today. I think that there is information overload going into his/her system, I better back off. I think I am pushing too much here, I better slow down." We have to be on the watch out.

Another thing we have to watch is their intake of food, water, chemicals, pollen, noise and attention or lack thereof. I have noticed with Seth that he does fantastic in the middle of winter and summer. Spring and Fall and the edges of these seasons seems to be his worse time. It begins in February here in MO. I found out that during this month, even though it is cold here, down south is pollinating. Lo and Behold, I found out that pollens come up this way on the air streams and affect us in February. I looked up the pollen count for this area today. Guess what I found? Pollens are moderately high! No wonder Seth is clapping again. I thought that had ended long ago. Introduce spring pollen and it is here again. He is a little more spacey and has a few more seizures than he was having. Just when I thought I had all the answers! Funny thing is, I notice it in myself also. My eyes get "gunky" on some days and my stomach goes from flat to round! It tends to bloat up a bit.

The immune system in our Autistic kids is not quite up to par. I think we all may know this. So, we have to be even more careful or find products that help us along when we see these symptoms taking place. Most people get runny noses, red, itchy eyes, hives, dark circles under their eyes or drag with exhaustion or perhaps even asthma. Our kids can "act up", or have more Autistic symptoms. They have to work extra hard to be "good." Maybe if we are more understanding, and do not get so stressed out, they will do better. I know that they feel our stress and act accordingly. What child doesn't?

Seth's neurologist believes it could possibly be because in the spring and fall, the amount of light we are getting changes pretty drastically. This could very well be.

I am so glad that my Heavenly Father understands the world in which we live. He knows when the pressure is too great on us. He holds out His loving hands and says, "Come unto Me all ye that are weary and are heavy laden and I will give you rest!" "Draw nigh unto me and I will draw nigh unto you." He knows we have limits, He offers us to come rest awhile, to come and drink of his "Living Waters."

Take some time to stop and really listen. Pray often.

Until Next Time, Be observant, cut yourself some slack, know your limits and your childs limits!

Nancy Lynne!