Monday, November 22, 2010

When words fail, speak puppy

Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) autism can really be difficult. JBean is 9 now, and much of the time acts closer to 5. Lately she has had a really hard time with self-regulation. She gets upset and words just fail her. She is very verbal, just like any other kid, but when she is angry, she resorts to growling and grunting. It is hard to take, but I have to continually remind myself that it is the short-circuit of autism that causes this behavior; she is not a brat.

Until recently, there wasn't much I could do when she fell into this behavior. She just had to be allowed to cool off until she could talk. But we found an even better solution. Our own unofficial therapy pup.

Poppy, we love you. And what did we ever do without you?


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Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas said...

I'm so sorry you're dealing with this. I can only imagine your frustration. Thank heavens for our animals. Sometimes they understand us better than most humans.

E. said...

Hurray for Poppy.

Janet Isserlis said...

thinking of you. no idea how challenging those days can be. do very very very occasional respite care for friends with a son with autism; teaching me how much I absolutely don't know but how deeply respectful I am of how families make their way through their days. with love and respect..

Tony Letts said...

They let dogs visit the children's hospice for the same reason :)

Tina@ SendChocolateNow said...

FinPinLV: thanks, I do wish it was easier sometimes. Having caring people around helps.

E: she really is a pretty amazing dog!

Janet: thank you for your kind words. They make all the difference.

Tony: that is my long-term goal, get Poppy into a therapy program and start visiting childrens' hospital and senior homes!

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