Sometimes Cub just can’t get control of his body. His body needs so much sensory input for him to regulate.
When Cub was 11 months old, he would head bang to regain control during a meltdown. Watching our baby slam his head on the hardwood was heartbreaking and scary. We started early intervention soon after head banging began.
Now, six years later, Cub has had years of Therapy to address emotional regulation (prevent the meltdown using coping skills) and sensory regulation (meet the body’s need for increased input).
That doesn’t mean he’s “cured.” It means he has the knowledge to utilize coping skills when he gets upset (with caregiver prompting- co-regulation. We aren’t to independent self-regulation just yet.) That’s actually why I’m writing this post. We always ask Cub and Roar, “What do you need?” to prompt them to verbalize their needs and access their self regulation “tools.”
This morning Cub woke at 4:00am. He’s been crashing into all the furniture and driving me nuts! Then he said, “My body wants it.” AMAZING.
I sat down and let it happen. He crashed into the front door, began spinning all the way to the back door and crashed into it. Then back to the front door. He did this for maybe 3 minutes. Then he stopped, sat down on the couch and said, “Lets go. It’s time for school.” WOW. Regulated and ready to go. All by himself.
This journey with autism is a rollercoaster. I’m choose to celebrate everything. Every success has a story of blood, sweat, and tears but that just makes the success sweeter!