Sunday, March 13, 2011

Autumn and her Autism

Over the last few weeks I have been reminded that my daughter has Autism. You might ask, well how the heck do you forget something like that???? It’s easy, especially when the child who has Autism is on the high end of the spectrum.

Being on the high end is both a blessing and a curse.

Because she is so high functioning often people don’t realize there is something wrong with her. I have family members who don’t believe her diagnosis. GRRRRRRR.

When Autumn was having a meltdown we have heard, “Oh is that her Autism, kicking in?” I’m glad I wasn’t there . . . however it did upset Rayne, who does not get easily get upset about her sister.


1) The manufacturer of her Risperidal pill changed. It went from red to pink. It took Autumn 2 full days to be okay with this. The second day I was in the kitchen and I heard her scream, “AHHHHHHHHHHH!” I ran in and asked her what was wrong. She cried, “These pills lost their pigmentation!”

2) Things need to be the same. My nephew sat in the dining room seat that I usually sit in at my mother’s house. This was not okay with Autumn. She flipped out and started to cry. She is very rigid when it comes to things like this.

3) Her possessions are hers, only hers. She has gotten better at getting rid of things . . . she use to be a mini hoarder, but she can’t give things away to those she knows. It’s very hard for her to see her cousins wearing her old clothes. Even if they don’t fit her anymore . . . Riley had on some of her hand-me-down’s on the other day and Autumn became VERY angry.

4) If given a directive to stop something annoying, if it is not the exact right moment, she will flip out. This involves stomping, tapping, drooling, and just plain making everyone miserable that is within hearing distance.

5) She is less mature then her peers. One example is the tv shows she likes. She does enjoy what her peers watch, shows such as i-Carly, Good Luck Charlie, and Shake It UP and she does like watching shows with the family such as American Idol and Wheel of Fortune however she is perfectly content with watching pre-school shows too such as Mickey Mouse Playhouse and the Backyardigans.

She’s been taking a couple of steps backwards lately. I’m trying to have faith this too shall pass but it’s hard when you’re going through it. Today when she was frustrated she told me it was her hands . . . a few posts ago I explained how Autumn’s frustrations come out physically, well today it was her hands. Weird I know . . . she is a mystery for sure!

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