Does anyone have any advice for trips to the Dentist? I've noticed a black spot on one of DDs molars that won't brush off so I have booked her in for an appointment this Friday. I'm freaking out because I can't even take her to the shopping center without a major meltdown.
Perhaps some long preparation is needed? Videos, or books about going to the dentist. Visuals or social stories to show her what she would need to do going to the dentist. A picture of her dentist in the visual story?
If she has problems in the chair itself. Then maybe you need to find somewhere also that can put her to sleep if that's what you feel will help her?
I have had to do this and now I get free daycare and they help with anything. 😇
Degrasssi - As WM said, a year can be a long time at this age, particularly when there is early intervention/professionals involved. I can’t believe how far my DD has come this year. I find I get caught up in all the struggles she has at times, but when I look back and compare to the start of the year there’s been huge gains. Hopefully 2016 will be a year of great improvements for your DS too and he’s ready for mainstream school by 2017. The ‘reality check’ moments are hard. Did your DS at least enjoy his time at the Xmas party?
Welcome @2BlueBirds – I hope the rest of the diagnostic process is smooth for you and a diagnosis (if that’s what comes out of it) is helpful is sourcing some more support for you and your son. How are you finding the Ritalin works for your DS?
@mamapanda – I think that’s a really poor excuse from your daycare. Is there any disability laws that childcare centres are governed by? I know that for kinder/school they must make “reasonable adjustments” to ensure kids with ASD and other disabilities are included appropriately. If you don’t want to move daycare centres, I would be looking at what they are required by law to provide in this situation. Not sure where you’re from, but maybe the ASD body in your state could provide you with some information?
@Leettieb – good luck with your appointment tomorrow. I would suggest a book/story to prepare your DD. Hopefully she will at least let the dentist have a quick look, then you can take some more time to prepare her for any treatment that may be needed. I hope it goes more smoothly than you think!
As for us, there's not much exciting happening here. DD has finished her 4 school transition sessions and met her teacher for Prep next year. She's a bit anxious about it but coped okay during the sessions (I think - she's not great at communicating how she felt about it!). The potential issues for her will be high levels of anxiety and fatigue. We are taking time off all her therapies except fortnightly speech therapy in Term 1 in an attempt to help this. Time will tell I guess.
How are everyone's kids coping with the crazy lead up to Christmas?
As for Xmas, DS seems quite excited. Feels like this is the first year he will actually open up his own presents - previous years he's been too distracted to fully 'get' what was going on.
Tomorrow DS and I are flying to Brisbane to see my best friend for a few days. Hopefully he'll be okay with the flight/airport scenario (he was not quite 2 years old when we flew last). He's been pushing the suitcase around the house and calling it a 'supercase'
How was your trip Degrassi?
DS enjoyed the flights and was really manageable at the airports and my friend's house. I was really pleased and impressed with my little guy
One thing I have noticed (only very recently) is that DS has started holding his hands over his ears to block out noises. He did it a lot at the airport - it's like he's suddenly more sensitive to noise. He wasn't freaking out or anything, it seems to be a coping/calming strategy. He would cover his ears when my friend vacuumed the house and stuff. I'll mention it to our OT next time we see her, though I imagine noise sensitivity is a common issue for ASD kids?
My son has asd, the meltdowns are getting more frequent as he gets older & noone seems to want to help , the school all says you deal with it its not our issue when happens at school , so i speak to the social worker and specialists they say its the schools problem to find out whats setting him off while there, but nope ge told not their issue and deal with it as such ...Its not easy some days and you do feel like banging your head against the wall at the best of times lol, but i wouldnt change my son for the world he is his own little person
As for dentists my son hates them also he will only let them look for about 15 seconds at a time then says thats enough & anything loud yes son covers his ears also or will start crying and say its too loud take it away he hates vacuum cleaners and drills and even if the radio or tv are what he says is loud he will cover his ears until its turned down to his liking
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