ASD

Chronic Tonic- Riding The Storm Out

As some of you know, my younger son is on the autism spectrum. One of his big issues is thunderstorms. When he was a toddler, he mostly ignored them, and as he and his brother got older, they would sometimes come sit by me, or come jump in bed with us during a bad storm, but I think most kids do that. Starting last year, Dan started to get really freaked out by storms. He would go into meltdown mode, start worrying a tornado was coming to get him, and there would be hell. I had to figure out a way to get him through the damn things.

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Chronic Tonic at VOTS - Trouble

We've all got trouble sometimes, but when it's trouble with your kid, well it messes with you in ways I can't even describe. Last week there was an incident at school, the details aren't that important, Danny tried to hurt himself and we can't have that. We already had the name of an excellent child psychologist who specializes in kids on the spectrum and he was willing to clear some time to do an emergency risk assessment and see Dan right away.

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Chronic Tonic at VOTS- It's That Time Again

It's that time of year again, next week we have the yearly IEP meeting. I don't anticipate a whole lot of problems at the table, but this is never fun. Dan will be moving on to a different teacher next year, and I have no idea what she's like, but I'm not going to borrow that worry ahead of time. I have to take everything one piece at a time.

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Chronic Tonic at VOTS- Looking For Emotional Rescue

Well, it's been one helluva week, eh? Much like the rest of the country we watched in horror here at chez triv as the events of last Friday unfolded and our hearts ached as we thought of our own boys aged eight and nine at their own elementary schools nearby. Then somebody on one of the 24/7 news-o-rama stations said it--the shooter was on the spectrum and Cleetus hollered, "Oh, hell no!" and turned off the teevee. We don't know exactly what's coming, but we suspect and we don't want to hear it, no. It goes right up at the top of our joint "fuck that" list.

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