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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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Quiet Time

One of our concerns with Bryce is that he cannot properly regulate the loudness of his voice. He doesn’t yet have the understanding that he needs to be responsible for how loud he is speaking. He personally doesn’t like loud noises like fireworks or loud music, they bother him.

For us we can manage and direct him, but it can be rather inappropriate in circumstances where he is playing with other children (at park, home, etc) or at school where other children are learning.

He understands when we hold a finger to our mouth, and say “quiet time”. He will mimic and repeat the words, and often quiet down.

This also becomes an issue when he is angry or sad due to changes in the environment. Tonight we had friends over, and when it was time for them to go home, we made Bryce very aware that it was ‘home time’ for them but he was screaming, yelling, and upset. This also becomes an issue during repetitive learning where he just isn’t getting it and becomes frustrated.

We’re hoping he’ll learn to regulate his own volume levels relevant to the particular situation he finds himself.

He continues to work on this with his Behavioral Consulting team and School.


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