I was out running errands today when I ran into a friend (I ran into a couple, happily!) who knows us since the boys were in elementary school - she was the Assistant Librarian at the boys' school. So she has been with us through our entire journey with TJ since he started Kindergarten.
She asked how we were doing - yesterday I had posted about an autism meltdown that TJ had on Facebook and she had seen it. The great part about what happened was that after the worst of the meltdown was over, TJ asked me to give him squeezes (deep pressure bear hugs that make him feel better). It was the first time he had asked for those without my offering first. Huge step for him! We were so proud of him asking for what he needed to take care of himself.
Anyway, my friend mentioned that all the excitement of Christmas coming up must be a huge contributing factor to TJ's being on edge.
She's right - it is.
Imagine your typical kid the week before Christmas - how excited they are, and how magical everything feels.
Now imagine that times 10. That's what it's like for TJ. The highs are higher than normal, and the lows are lower.
Add to that his self-imposed guilt trip and fear of Santa's Naughty List when he yells uncontrollably or gets mad at me or his brother because his sensory system is on overload. It takes some serious convincing that he is still on the Nice List.
So as keyed up as TJ is, I have to be that much more calm and controlled. An interesting position to be in, as that is not the natural state of affairs, to say the least. But somehow, the more intensly he reacts, the calmer I respond.
I surprise even myself.
Anyway, that's where we are at. A quiet calm peaceful relaxed afternoon at home as we try to keep the peace and prevent more meltdowns.
I had a cute outfit picked out for a party we were supposed to attend, too. Darn it. I'll save it for another day.
The shoes, however, I will wear now. Good shoes always help things, dontcha think?