Autism, Motherhood

My Daily Dose of Autism

It’s just another one of those days. A day where I’m perplexed and at a loss at how to approach this situation. I’ve been doing a lot of research and I am trying to come up with a game plan.

Last night (or should I say early morning), we drove back to New Orleans from Dallas. Carter, normally an excellent traveler,  was definitely the opposite of awesome on the drive home. He was getting upset with the game on the iPad and instead of letting me try to fix it for him, he just kept banging on the screen in his fit of aggravation. He just doesn’t understand nor does he have the patience to figure out the problem and he doesn’t want anyone to take the iPad from him.

So what was I supposed to do? I was tired, frustrated,  and quite cranky myself. Not to mention we were looking at another 5-6 hours on the road. I ended up taking the iPad from him in an attempt to try to teach him that he can’t act that way. Well, that was not only a bad idea for that moment, it was also stupid. Carter screamed and kicked and screamed and kicked even more for nearly 30 minutes. That’s a looonnggg time. Especially in the car. When you’re exhausted and at your witt’s end.  I contemplated giving him the iPad back just to get him to stop, but decided that I would instead try to show him that he wouldn’t be rewarded for his behavior. Carter decided that he would in turn reward me with his bad behavior.

When he finally fell asleep all I wanted to do was sleep too. But I had a long drive ahead of me. At least it was a peaceful one.

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