The first part of our visit was good. Vlado and "little brother" put puzzles together and worked really well together. I was impressed that he knows how to work puzzles almost as well as Vlado. We still couldn't get eye contact and he seemed irritated when we tried to have him put his head up. We heard lots of humming and some other stimming noises, and some grunts when a puzzle piece didn't fit. But it was overall ok.
Then they had us go outside to the playground area. At first everything was good. He wandered all over playing with different outside toys. Honey pushed him on the swing some. And they passed a ball back and forth a couple times. Then it happened. The bus that takes the kids to school pulled into the driveway. He LOVES school from what we've been told. When one of the ladies told him that he wasn't going to school today, he LOST IT! He screamed, went limp and threw himself to the ground. When I picked him up, he slammed his head backward and head butted me...I have quite the lump on my forehead. Nobody could calm him down. And trust me, several people tried. I just stood there feeling completely helpless. They took him upstairs and had us wait for a few minutes. When he saw us again, he started stimming and rocking from foot to foot. We were told that when his routine gets interrupted, he reacts like this. I am beginning to suspect he might be on the autism spectrum. Most of the time (even when he is doing what he wants to do) he seems to be in his own world. When he looked at me today, he seemed to look through me.
Pray for us! We have another visit this afternoon that I pray goes better. He is so fearful of anything new. And when he doesn't want to go somewhere, he is practically impossible to move. He is a strong child!
|This was the morning visit before his fit|
|Maybe 10 minutes before the bus showed up. But for this moment, he was happy with his snack|