A VERY big deal

21 Aug

Anyone who doesn’t have a kid with autism or sensory issues might not get this but it’s OK as I need to share. 

M let me shower her head this evening! She was crying with fear but her dad held her hands and we both talked gently to her, and I turned the thermostat down to almost cold, AND SHE LET ME DO IT. She was literally shaking with fear BUT she did it. 

And you know what? Afterwards, she said it was OK and she would let me do it again. 

This is HUGE. Massive. She has made a breakthrough. The heat is evidently the biggest problem, we can work on the showers, if she likes them cold then it won’t bother me. It won’t help at the swimming baths as the showers are pre-set (and frankly too hot) but I cannot repeat enough times how big a deal this is.

 Well actually maybe I can. So I’ll stop now. But I’m still grinning.

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4 Responses to “A VERY big deal”

  1. Marilyn Rain August 21, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    I DO get it and this is fantastic news. Equivalent of winning a gold medal or conquering Everest. Actually it’s better because you have lived with something that you’ve now begun to overcome. You can ignore Everest. Brilliant.

  2. Allison August 21, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    I can feel your excitement, it’s the small things that mean so much

  3. AutismMumma August 22, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    Great stuff, really REALLY great stuff. As someone who is washing D’s hair in the swimming pool because that is less stressful for her than at bathtime, I totally get it. Well done M! X

  4. mummyshambles August 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    I totally get this.
    Bath time used to be an absolute mare because of the hair washing bit. I used to worry that the neighbours would think we were killing him the amount of screaming he did. He still doesn’t like it now but he allows it without screeching the place down.
    Hugs for you and Well Done to M x

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