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 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Adult son has no motivation

Posted: 16 Nov 2020, 7:10 pm 

Replies: 29
Views: 13,434


I recommend a book I recently read, _Failure to Launch_. It's about young adults that have trouble transitioning to independence, and I found it really helpful for understanding my current (fairly terrible) relationship with my kid. (Now 19, similar boat.) It wasn't specifically written about autist...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: need a sensory-friendly vacuum (no yuck)

Posted: 16 Nov 2020, 7:03 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 5,258


My kid is in her own space now. It's small and mostly bare floors, so a simple stick vacuum works well. But emptying out the canister is really gross for her; dust and gunk sticks to the filter. She'd like a bagged vacuum but they all seem to be huge. Does anyone use a vacuum that they can recommend...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Creating a Living Space

 Post subject: Re: Creating a Living Space
Posted: 16 May 2017, 1:02 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 1,339


Aw shucks. Believe me, I am far from the perfect mom. But maybe we could take turns. :-)

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Creating a Living Space

 Post subject: Re: Creating a Living Space
Posted: 25 Mar 2017, 2:18 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 1,339


That's awesome that you are creating a private place for you son. I don't know what you or your son prefer but I would avoid florescent lighting. Lighting is really important to me. The ability to change from overhead bright lights to soft and muted side lights. This can alter my mood substantially...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Creating a Living Space

 Post subject: Re: Creating a Living Space
Posted: 22 Mar 2017, 11:55 am 

Replies: 10
Views: 1,339


Ah, the enclosed sleeping area is something I hadn't thought of. We can rig up a curtain or a folding screen.

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Creating a Living Space

 Post subject: Creating a Living Space
Posted: 17 Mar 2017, 2:00 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 1,339


Hi, My husband and I are converting our garage into a small apartment. The idea is it'll be for our teenaged son if he gets to a point where he wants more privacy, but isn't able to live completely independently. I'm trying to think of how we can best equip it for his potential needs. We're going fo...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: emotional separation from parents

Posted: 08 Jun 2016, 3:50 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 689


I don't think it is very different. The real difference lies in what he's able to do about it. NT kids go hang out at the mall or text a friend or... I don't even know what they do these days. :-) Today he arrived home from school very angry and when I asked if he'd be okay if we went out for awhile...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: emotional separation from parents

Posted: 08 Jun 2016, 12:35 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 689


Thank you for responding! I have a ton of books on Aspergers in older kids, but I can't find a mention of this issue anywhere. So the situation is, I think my son is at a place developmentally where he needs to start separating from us, but he's so dependent on us emotionally that he doesn't know ho...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: emotional separation from parents

Posted: 08 Jun 2016, 3:07 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 689


Does anyone know of a resource -- book, blog, whatever -- that talks about the developmental stage of emotionally separating from your parents as it relates to autistic teens?

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Hickies Shoe Laces

 Post subject: Re: Hickies Shoe Laces
Posted: 19 Oct 2015, 12:20 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 971


We use synch bands... and I mean literally we, because I started using them too. :D Very happy with them, and excellent customer service, too.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: simple breakfast ideas?

 Post subject: Re: simple breakfast ideas?
Posted: 01 Sep 2015, 11:32 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 1,138


btbnnyr wrote:
What did he eat when you made breakfast for him?


His dad usually cooked, and he'd make pancakes, waffles, bacon -- fairly complicated stuff. My son has learned to make bacon, but I don't think he feels up to it most mornings.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: simple breakfast ideas?

 Post subject: simple breakfast ideas?
Posted: 01 Sep 2015, 1:45 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 1,138


My son has started high school, and is handling his morning routine by himself! :!: 8O :mrgreen: But there's no longer a snack time, and he's having trouble making a quick breakfast that holds him til lunch. He won't eat eggs, so a lot of stuff is out. No hot cereal, so far. He's going to be brave a...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: reaction to warm water

 Post subject: Re: reaction to warm water
Posted: 20 Feb 2015, 9:34 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 819


It's not that he doesn't like warm water. He seems to enjoy it a lot. It just has an odd effect on his emotional state.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: reaction to warm water

 Post subject: reaction to warm water
Posted: 19 Feb 2015, 1:51 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 819


My son has always had a curious reaction to warm/hot water -- instead of relaxing him, it seems to make him extra hyper and impulsive. This has calmed down some in recent years, or he's gotten better at handling it. Yesterday he went to an outdoor warm water pool with his babysitter, and when he cam...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Raised by Aspergers parent

Posted: 08 Feb 2015, 2:23 pm 

Replies: 625
Views: 445,222


One of my son's ungoing issues is impulse control, which when mixed with perseveration, often includes not hearing people telling him to stop when he's hurting or upsetting them. He can indeed come across as a bully at times.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: high school classes are looooong

Posted: 02 Feb 2015, 6:48 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 1,238


Have you asked your son how he feels? When I was in high school, no classes were longer than an hour. 90 or 105 minute classes would suck. I had to do soem 75 minute classes in college, which I didn't like doing, but I managed. He's complained about the double periods he has twice a week many times.
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