Monday, November 1, 2010
Trick or Treat!
With kids on the spectrum, you have to be prepared for events like this. Even if a situation is familiar, if something is off or one thing has changed, it can shake their whole world. My belief is that not all the same people were present for the photo session (Uncle Josh was not there) and that really threw her off and thus was the catalyst for her meltdown. The most important thing that I have learned, especially from this situation, is that she is not an autistic child, but a child with autism. She is first and always, a child. And the best way to deal with an unhappy child is to maintain a calm and soothing demeanor. She was able to pick up on my tranquility and feed off of it, and it helped her to feel safe and eventually at peace.
Despite all the commotion, we still managed to get these great shots!
Trick or Treating itself was a blast. Jordan fed off the excitement of all the other kids and went up to each and every house that they did, holding up her bag and saying "trick or treat!" This was a sharp contrast to last year, when she would only go with Uncle Pat and would not (as we later found out, could not) say a word. She remembered to always hold my hand when we were walking in the street, and held the flashlight out in front of us when it got dark. Her progress is phenomenal, and she's only getting better. It was so much fun, and we're really looking forward to next year!