We have had all sorts of challenging "teenage attitude" moments lately. End of the school year is always interesting with high stakes testing, block scheduling (a high school thing - made to torture kids who like routine!), and knowing the end of a lovely regular schedule of school is coming. This always results in entertaining moments. (Can I get an Amen on that??!!)
So what do we do when we experience these things? On occasion, these fun times come about at the exact time we make our monthly visit to our Doc who deals with the anxiety piece of the gift of AS.
As we lamented on the unruliness of our son, and asked "What the Heck?" about some of his behaviors...our Doc started to smile and then happily told us he was SO happy to hear that, as the pain in the butt that our son has become at times is NORMAL...TYPICAL behavior. He was so happy to know about his behavior, that he really didn't give us any magic strategy to deal with it....a part of yes, growing up. (GASP!)
What we do need to remind ourselves about our kiddos on the spectrum, is that (per our Doc) our kids are anywhere from 10% - 30% delayed in their neurotypical development. So, take our crazed 17 year old, and I'll go with the 20% at times of stress lately, and that puts him at a whopping 13 and 1/2 years old chronologically speaking. Truly, that is indeed his behavior to a "T" at times lately.
So!...be glad? be sad? be mad? All 3, at various times.
I try to think of our kids as not so much a puzzle but more of a treasure hunt. They are amazing beings, created for a purpose, and even in the worst of times this is true. So, we need to always look for that treasure within the Spectrum junk, because it most certainly is there.
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us". 2 Corinthians 4:7
I will be talking about some GF/CF basics on Thursday as well as some general nutrition info. Hope to see you there!
Look for those treasures!