Autism

September 2013

Life in My House

Why, yes, my son is Autistic. 

So. My younger son has started in a new school this year. It’s a non-public school with a focus on children on the Autism Spectrum. It’s a fantastic school.

As per usual, MSG (Middle School Guy) has started the year well.  He is on two different medications during the day. At the end of last year, he was on the same medications, but he was much less happy.  Now, he is doing better in class and taking notes (middle school!) for social studies and so on. I’ve seen them. It’s very cool.

The past two years, since we have been in Maryland, his behavior has worsened around November. I have tried operating on the idea that he is dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Having spoken to one of his new school’s social workers about this, I am going to resume my sun lamp and Vitamin D treatments for him this year, but I’ll be starting them earlier than last year. I hope that this will help to keep him from spiraling down as the year slips away from us.

His growing pains have apparently lessened, as well, though he grew one full inch in three months’ time. I think the anxiety level he experienced at his former school made him call upon this pain as an excuse to get out of class every day. He hasn’t had to take any pain relievers at his new school at all during the day, though he continues to have his usual dose of Tylenol at night. His doctor has said this is fine, so we’re keeping with it.

We continue to worship at home, where I am able to teach from Scripture and focus on the needs of each of my family. This is working out well. We are currently working through the book of Galatians.

I will be posting a Holidays with the Autism Family offering next month. If you or someone you know is living with a family member on the autism spectrum, take a deep breath. The holidays are totally do-able.

Questions? Comments? Let me know! 🙂

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  1. It does sound like Seasonal Affective Disorder. I have a buddy who experiences it and needs to always step outside in order to feel better. Their symptoms worsen in the winter, but they’re the life of the party in the summer!

    So glad also your son’s doing well in school. That’s great news! 🙂

    • Thank you, Jack!

      There’s not a lot of information out there for autistic kids who might have SAD, so it’s kind of an iffy thing. But I figure what I’m doing won’t hurt, anyway. lol

      Having lived all the rest of our lives much further south, this wasn’t an issue ’til we moved up here. 🙂