He was upset when he went to bed because he did not want to do the steps for bed. He told me “Five more minutes” after I had been telling him for thirty minutes it was time for bed. When he wouldn’t go I told him he wouldn’t have his tablet when I picked him up for therapy. Wrong words at the wrong time caused him to think about it before he even went to bed and I’m sure it was part of the reason he woke up. The key is to keep him calm before bedtime but he is getting to the point where he wants to push bedtime even though he is requiring more sleep lately.
He ate several things before we even got ready for school. He was hyper and all my words were working about as well as they were the night before. The calmer I am the calmer he is. I have to remind myself instead to explain the situation and then tell him what will happen. That still doesn’t always work but I have to be calm.
We got ready for school and out to wait for the bus. He talked about me not bringing his tablet for the ride in the car to his therapy. It was very much on his mind and he also reminded me that he wanted me to talk to his friend’s dad to see if they could go to the park together. I love that he is making plans and wants his friend to join him. I told him we would have to wait and see.
When I picked him up from school he asked me if I brought his tablet and I told him that I didn’t because of his behavior last night. He was very calm about it. He saw his friend as we were walking to our car. He said hi to him and asked if he could go to the park. I talked to his dad and hopefully, we can one day.
On the way to therapy, he asked about his tablet a couple of times but then he talked to me about the pool and asked if it was fixed yet. It is hard to explain that it was closed for safety reasons. I told him that it didn’t look like we would have bad weather tomorrow and we would be able to go. I explained that the weather was a safety concern like how his swim instructor explained “walking feet” to him around the pool. The morning I can emphasize the safety part of the pool the better I feel about everything.
He was a combination of tired and hyper at therapy but they all said he did pretty well. I knew he would be very happy to be there and even if he was tired he would power through. He did his breathing exercises with his speech therapist to calm down so I was glad about that. On the way home he touched the door handle again. I told him if he did that again he would not be able to go swimming tomorrow. He did not do it again. I think he is making the connection because I related it to safety like at the pool.
He was very tired and I hoped that translated to him sleeping all night. He’s excited about going to the pool after school tomorrow and keeps talking about it needing to be sunny. We aren’t supposed to get storms tomorrow so I hope we can go.
Progress is being made by both of us. That’s what I keep telling myself. He is making many new connections and each day I am trying to focus on the good stuff. Let yesterday go and focus on your happiness for tomorrow. Smiles to all and donut daze!