What do therapists tell you to do?
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|Tue, 07-06-2010 - 4:25pm|
My 6yo step-son is getting ready to be evaluated and we highly suspect he will be diagnosed with AS. I was curious about what parents with children who have been diagnosed are told by their therapists. In particular, I'm interested in obsessions. Right now he seems to go through obsession phases where he will get onto something and be on that obsession for maybe 60-90 days then move to something else. With his obsessions we try to pick and choose what to enforce by determining if it's really a problem or not. Examples would be, he has an obsession about writing down the time/date of a tv show he sees advertised. He doesn't ever write down the show name or watch the show, but he has to write it down. We just let this go because doesn't affect anything or anyone. However, his obsession of recording things on the TiVo is one we enforce because it's very annoying to us and also it fills up the TiVo then when he can't pause shows he gets mad, throws the remote, etc. So, the rule is he has to ask if he can TiVo something and we usually say "no".
One thing he obsesses about lately is knowing exactly where we are if he can't see us, even if we are on the same floor of the house. If we get out of the car to pump gas, he asks us to walk around the front so he can see us. He tells me that he just wants to know exactly where we are and not that he is worried about us leaving him alone. If we are in a different room and he's watching TV, he will run in there every couple minutes to make sure we are still in the same spot. A couple weeks ago he was behind the car and we were beside of it. We walked around to the front and he nearly freaked when we weren't in the same spot when he came back around to the side. Anyone else experienced this and if so, what did the therapist tell them to do or how to handle it?