Saturday, 21 July 2012
My son was diagnosed with autism officially last November. It has been a real struggle in everyday life.
He is a very picky eater, which worries us that he is not getting enough to eat, or the vitamins and minerals he needs, even with daily supplements. He is almost always in his own world, a master of ignoring you, and only comes to us when he needs help. He is brilliant though, drawing things he hasn't seen in months, or only once. Figuring out how things work quickly (like factory resetting his tablet) and making use of anything that is available to him to be independent. Potty training is the hardest thing we have faced so far. He did great while he was in school, but now refuses to go for us unless we fight and scream. He is non-verbal, he can talk, I think he just chooses not to, which makes things that much more difficult, and frustrating. He just recently started a study for buspirone, we don't know if we have the meds, or the placebo. He is increasingly agitated and violent, which is a completely new experience for us. It is frustrating, and heartbreaking to hear him cry and scream, and not knowing what he needs; wants; or if he is in pain.
I was wondering if anyone out there has had similar experiences, and if anyone has tips and tricks, specialists to look out for, or informational websites that can help.
He is only five, so we are pretty new at this, and the places we have been don't have a whole lot they can help with, anything at all for a step in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.