As a mother, I will never give up on my child. As a mother of a child who has autism, I will never give up hope.
I look into his eyes and I see all the potential that he has to offer to this beautiful world and I just know that one day the world can see what I see.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

I have become a human squeeze toy

For a couple of days now, Bryce has become fascinated with my forearm. He squeezes it, he pushes his face into it, he even pinches it, and when I tell him it hurts and to stop, he will “kiss better” it and stop.

It’s a stimulate similar to the white sweater, but this time I can’t hide anything to prevent it from happening again. Bryce will grab and squeeze my forearm at random times. He could be totally relaxed and just at ease, and out of no where he will come me, and just give my forearm a quick, yet gentle squeeze, and rub his chin into at the same time. Sometimes he even repeats me saying ‘Owwie, no, that hurts, kiss better,’ while he’s doing it.

This is very stimulating for him. To relate to it, it is as soothing to him as a pacifier can be for a baby. I know he likes being squeezed, tickled, and enjoys roughhousing, so I can understand that he enjoys the pressure when he squeezes my arm.

While I know he’s not doing it to hurt me, at least not intentionally, I’m still looking for alternatives that he can get the same sensation from to replace the pain my arms endure. If anybody has any suggestions, please let us know.

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