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The Price of Progress

A happier Halloween from long ago.

A happier Halloween from long ago.

My son is in the throes of a cycle of mania. This isn’t atypical for us, in fact, we were expecting it. The holidays, you see, take my son over edge: unreasonable expectations, sensory overload, schedule changes, the up & down, the build up and the subsequent end of events. These combined with his medical and mental health needs create quite a phenomena in our house. In fact, we even have given it a name.

The Holiday Death Spiral.

This year we were a bit caught off guard by its too early arrival. I was hoping we’d get at least half way through November before we lost it. But, no.

We know pretty much what behaviors to expect, although the intensity and duration are anyone’s guess. The truly frustrating thing this year is that interspersed with the agony my son and our family endures during these episodes have been remarkable moments of breakthrough.

My son has been able to independently complete a math worksheet using the number line.

He has seemed to lately begin to understand that he can make other people sad by his actions.

He has verbally been able to express why he behaved in a certain way – because he was sad.

That’s quite a bit of progress for my son. And we are incredibly proud of him and the hard fought ground he has gained.

But this progress seems to have come with a price. His behaviors are just unbelievable. Everything is more intense. I won’t go into the details, but it’s been beyond anything we have seen in years. Has anyone else experienced this amazing growth coupled with horrendous backslide in behavior?

Kelly_stars

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