In reading your blog i completely felt for you. My son is constantly on the vcr and cable buttons at home and the stemming almost seems uncontrollable wherever we go. At first i thought ‘maybe he’s excited and that’s why he’s flapping so much,’ because it seemed whenever we were at a fun filled place like near a neat carasoul, or like Chuck E Cheese he would just get to flapping and smiling and just get extremely excited. If his sisters and cousins encouraged him to play with them he’d start flapping and running around with them which is awesome he is interacting, but the flapping is always there. AT home same thing, but when he gets extremely frustrated or upset he’d also do it. So it seems he’s always flapping and at the last IEP meeting the teacher informed me that he noticed the increase in the flapping and although they’ve tried different things to divert him from it, it just doesnt seem to work. So steady trying to find ways of redirecting him has been a challenge. His adaptive behavior on his MIS report stated anxiety and that alarmed me because i dont want him to feel that anxiety, but the teacher informed me that there is a broad spectrum of anxiety and autistic children are naturally already filled with anxiety in the overload of sensory and not being able to control so to speak these sensors can be overwhelming for them.
If you or anyone reading this comment has any kind of suggestions or would like to get further information please let me know.. i’d love any kind of input or thoughts or advice i can get.
Guys: if you can add your thoughts and directions in the comments, I’d appreciate it. Lets help out a fellow parent here, please…..