But with Demetrius, that can be such a hard thing to interpret.
This new TV in the office intoxicates him. The locks on it are different than the locks on the TV downstairs – he can watch most of his DVDs on this TV because I can’t password lock the TV the same way. So if he puts in a G rated DVD, regardless of all the parental controls – it will play….because parental controls weren’t written to keep autistic kids from stemming…the codes were written to keep 13 year old boys from watching inappropriate content.
So for the past month, he has had one of his favorite DVDs, the Justice League Brave and the Bold, a total of four days. That’s because we take it away for a week, each time he sneaks it onto the new TV, without asking. So yesterday, he gets it back, we tell him he can watch it on the downstairs TV, and then we find him upstairs watching it on the office TV without permission while not doing what he is supposed to.
What I am figuring out here is that he is actually evolving in terms of his stemming. He no longer just has to stand and yelp and flap…he can sit and watch a video (without hitting buttons constantly for visual stemming). How do I know when he is and isn’t doing this? I’ll have to watch more closely.
But I take the DVD away again for a week, and he got very upset. “I just got it back!,” he whined, which is true, but he immediately did what he was not supposed to do.
How he manages to sneak into the office when it is open only for a few minutes without an adult in there is amazing to me. It is truly impressive, but I’m irritated/frustrated/sad that I repeatedly have to take this video from him…
Of course, it isn’t nearly as bad as when he wants to watch Pixar Shorts….that brings on some serious, high voltage stemming….