Candes, the Bug phobia is SOOO better!

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Candes, the Bug phobia is SOOO better!
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Fri, 07-11-2003 - 12:16pm
Well, something we tried worked. How is your bug phobia going? He is still freaked by a sudden fly atttack and goes afound teh house closing windows, but for the most part is sooo much better. He even is going outside and in the playroom to play. He doesn't freak at the sight of a spider anymore and is sleeping again in his own bed. I think it is a combination of Dr. Keenan (with whom I was impressed), the tips he gave me and the Luvox.

He was getting these otehr compulsions like throwing soapy water in the toilet after going to get rid of the germs and handwashing and obsessions like reading and talking constantly about bugs. The kid knows everything about bugs now. OY! Those are better too, so I think the Luvox is doing a good job.

Hope you are having bug sucess too.

Renee

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Fri, 07-11-2003 - 3:44pm
That's great that you are having some success with Mike's bug phobia! And I'm glad to hear Dr Keenan is workingout for you. I wasn't really sure of my own refferal on him (if ya know what I mean) since I didn't have more info on him.

Yes, things are getting a *little* bit better with Eva and her bug phobia. She has taken to pill bugs and ants. We went to an insect exibit for a school outing a few weeks ago and the kids were able to *play* with the ants. The ones they got to touch were just sugar ants, but Eva actually took to it rather well. Talk about lay me out in one punch! But there was no WAY she was going to go near the butterfies! In her mind, anything with wings is evil. Butterfies are nice to look at, as long as they're on the other side of the glass, LOL. She did have nightmeres that night though, so maybe she wasn't all THAT ready for the field trip. But I couldn't leave her home b/c all our babysitters came with us and dgm went to a play with her brother. I almost stayed home with her, but Craig nixed that idea. He said there was NO WAY he was going out with the other kids 'all alone'. SHEESH! Like 2 other moms and 3 dad's weren't people to help!

But she doesn't jump and scream everytime she sees an ant now. Good thing too since no amount of scrubbing is going to keep the ants out of our house. Craig is going to set up ant stakes tomorrow, hopefully that will work. And Scotty introduced the girls to pill bugs, so they are fine with those now. But I need to get more agressive with this phobia thing. There's no way I'm going to go through introducing each and every insect speicies one at a time to Jade and Eva to get them past it! I still have a few therapies to try, but if they don't work I'm going to talk to Dr. Rabino about Luvox, at least for Eva. At this point, every time a fly comes near her she ducks and covers like a shellshocked vet. Sigh.

Thanks for giving me the update on how Mike's doing with this. It helps to know A) I'm not alone in this and B) there ARE sollutions. ;)

Peace,

Candes

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Sun, 07-13-2003 - 1:22am
Oh Man, that is so familiar.

When Mike was in preschool he went on a field trip to a butterfly thing at the wild animal park. I had warned the school, but he had no diagnosis at that time and they kept reassuring me he would be fine and they would take good care of him. (ie. you are nuts mom and we know better.) I had just had David a month or so before and Emily had just gotten out of an extended stay in the hospital for rotivirus so I couldn't go. I wasn't fond of him going, but another mom that was a friend of mine was understanding and said she would keep him in her group. He wanted to go with the class adn I was outvoted. It is my understanding that he freeked on a number of occasions and the mom had to walk him out and sit outside with him. He talked about it forever and still won't go near the things.

I am really starting to think the bugs were an OCD (obsession brought on by anxiety) trait and have been helped by both the med and the behavioral therapy. Of course Dr. K saw him today and Mike still fears flying things and Dr.K talked about using the same approach again. And that we will have to do it for each set of bugs probably to 8-10 different things before he generalizes. He really gets these kids. We are now also working on being teased and reacting to others. I am really impressed by his approach that is really understanding of ASD kids. Mike loves him and looked forward to going today. Mike has never looked forward to a doctor in his life. There are a few he tolerates, but most he screams about going to and has a total meltdown.

Renee

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