Friday, January 21, 2011

Behavioral Intervention in action!

Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

Yesterday my oldest son threw up at school. He's nine. As I was driving to pick him up two thoughts were in my head, my "typical mom" voice kept thinking "my poor baby!" but my "Autism mom" voice thought "why that little schiester!" You see this is the second time in two weeks that I've been called to the school for Cameron throwing up. The first time no one actually saw him praise the porcelain god but he came home anyway this time the nurse did actually bear witness. Still, it worked once.....

There are two roads in my life, the "typical mom" and the "Autism mom" and although the "Autism mom" road is traveled less the world around, for me it is my freeway. Cameron stayed at school. He had no fever, was not flushed or lethargic and in talking to him it because obvious rather quickly that going home was his ultimate goal. I am lucky, I had the support of the assistant in his class that agreed with my assessment of the situation. I did not have the support of the school nurse.

That is the basics of Behavioral Intervention in our home, sometimes we have to check our impulses at the door and do fast and frenzied assessments to guess at the root of the situation. Yesterday I made the right choice and after a quick break for him to align his brain to staying at school he had a good day! I wish I could say the same for me, my "typical mom" self questioned, re-questioned, checked my phone a hundred times and worried that I had left a sick kid at school. My "autism mom" self enjoyed the scenery on the road less traveled and hoped that this behavioral intervention worked on the first shot because getting sick at school is no fun, no matter the reason.

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