Friday, October 20, 2006

Thunderous applause

We've had our first thunder event since the crisis thunderstorm of several weeks ago. This one wasn't a real storm. There were no flashes of lightning or bone-rattling, house-shaking, ear-splitting cracks. But there was an unmistakable rumble - one that would have devastated Bud just weeks ago.

Today, he was concerned. Merely concerned. He asked for reassurance, he ran from window to window, and then he returned to what he'd been doing. The things we've been trying are working.

We've been talking about rain to Bud recently by using a story about angels - the angels are watering the flowers and the trees so the flowers and trees can grow and be happy. Maybe Bud realized that today, the angels were cheering him on.

10 comments:

kirsten said...

Well, we're cheering him on, too - yay, Bud!

Kristina Chew said...

Celestial tympanis!

Lisa/Jedi said...

Great news!!! :)

gretchen said...

Glad to hear this news. We all have faith in Bud! Have a sunny weekend...

kyra said...

yay! i'm applauding thunderously over here!

Daisy said...

Amazing progress! I love reading good news like this.

tara said...

Good for Bud! We are doing more reframing for Owen now, when something frightens him or he is overly focused on his environment. I have to say it, acknowledging the fear instead of discounting it, makes the solution hold more power as well.

Mike said...

Cool.
Our son hasn't shown any sign of noticing the thunder yet. He likes most goofy noises so I think if he shows sign of concern, we'll try to make the thunder seem like a funny sound in a game. Once we see the lightning will start saying something like "where's the boom? it's coming to get you" and then when the thunder sounds, start tickling him and saying "there's the thunder." He loves anticipation games like that.

for what it's worth said...

Mom-NOS,

I don't know if I have mentioned this before but I received a mailout again and thought of you.
Mike Lake is our MP ( member of Parliment) is an advocate for Autism and education. He is putting forth a number of Bills that might be interesting to you. He's the first MP to actually put a voice to the needs of the folks with ASD and those who love/teach/care for them.
For what it's worth.
LakeM1@parl.gc.ca

Claire-Louise said...

I'm so glad to hear that. I've been reading your blog on and off for a while, although I don't think I've commented before today. The first one about Bud's fear of the thunder rather worried me, so it's good to know he's making progress in being less scared by it. :)

p.s., I was hoping to find your email address, but it's not in your profile - I wanted to know whether you'd be interested in helping with a documentary about the autism spectrum. I'd not be able to pay (I'm doing it for a Media Studies class - we had to choose something personal to us, and as someone with Aspergers, I thought it apt, as well as an opportunity to educate the lesser-knowing public.), but you'd be free to add as little or as much input as you want, and either be credited by name or remain anonymous - up to you. If you're interested please email me at octarinelouise.at.gmail.com. Thanks.