On the floor

On the floor

Eating can be a challenging time for many parents of autism. Why? Because little ones are VERY picky eaters and may or may not necessarily eat what is being presented to them at the time.

I have heard, from a feeding specialist, how a child on the autism spectrum would only eat lays classic potato chips for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Can you imagine how terrifying and frustrating that may be as a parent? The child is not receiving the proper nutrients to be healthy.

I only bring about this story because Hayden was seeing a feeding specialist for his strict eating habits. Concerning meals, Hayden would only eat pepperoni pizza (thin crust) or buffalo chicken snackers made specifically by Michelina in the white box. Would you like to know how picky he is? The same exact snackers came in a green box once and he would not eat them because the packaging was different. Same food, different box.

The audacity.

-Story Time-

Like any other autism household, lunch and dinner time is a different time. Hayden would sit down and eat his food. Normally, that food would consist of, like I stated earlier, either pepperoni pizza or buffalo chicken snackers. For the most part, he eats his food in one bite. If you blink, all of it is gone. Then there are days when he eats slowly. Now, on those slow days you have to be careful.

Out of no where, Hayden will wipe the entire table clean by knocking everything on the floor. Once he does this, he gets up crying and starts running through the house hysterical. Why he does this, I have no clue but I will say that it is quite irritating.

It’s not like he doesn’t like what is being served to him, because he is getting the only items that he will eat. Plus, he is eating it first, then swiping it to the ground. This has caused some confusion on my end.

Maybe it’s just a phase…..

We shall see in a couple weeks or so if this behavior continues.

Tackling the Toilet

Tackling the Toilet

Okay, toilet training has always been an obstacle for toddlers but trying to toilet train a child with special needs is on a whole different level!!

With Hayden about to be seven years old, his bowel movements are more so on the adult level and lets just say they are not pleasant to smell or change.

Working with him on his potty training has been a challenge for many reasons.

One, there are videos on YouTube with children (an their parents) flushing random items down the toilet. He saw this and has taken a huge interest in not just flushing anything down the toilet, but flushing the toilet in general. It’s the before and after effect that stimulates him and I can’t stand. Let’s just say there is no more YouTube on any mobile device that he can access.

Secondly, he is very stubborn. He knows when he has to go, yet he will sit there and hold it in until his adult pull-up is back on him. He’s very smart as you can see.

Lastly, he is comfortable wearing the pull-up. It’s what he knows. It is his comfort zone and when people are comfortable it is difficult for them to accept change.

-STORY TIME-

For the last week or so, Hayden has been sitting on the toilet around the same time every night. He needs to be familiar with relieving himself there and not in his pull-up. He has also been very constipated for the last week and when has to go number two, he does like this crazy dance so I know when it is time for him to go.

We were successful one time this week. He went both number one and two in the toilet after sitting for about 30 minutes. That is PROGRESS! Even though it was just a drop, I know he is still very much so constipated. So, I decided to give him a little Miralax to help it flow better. To be honest, it seems as if the Miralax was lacking because it did absolutely nothing for him or was it his stubbornness and he was just holding it in? You would think the Miralax would have done the job, but nope!

Ugh….

On a positive note, Hayden did stand in front of the toilet to let me know that he did indeed have to use the restroom. However, after having him sit for almost an hour with my phone he held it in. This just lets me know that he does know when he has to go and he does feel comfortable sitting on the toilet.

Now, all I need for him to do now is use it. . . . . . .

Pss…..

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