Riding the Roller Coaster

Look at this smile. He’s back.

We made it through another regression. Another loss of skills and spike in behaviors. This one lasted nearly two months. Which in our autism world is actually short.

I don’t know what caused it. Maybe getting a new sibling. Maybe the ear infection he had. Or a full moon, new therapist, or change of season. I’ll most likely never know.

That’s our autism world. A mystery. It’s constant ups and downs. Gaining skills. Losing skills.

I call it a roller coaster. But we made it through another one.

And looking back, it’s good to see our track record of making it through is a 100%.

Today, we have more laughter and less screaming.

More smiles and less protesting.

More communication and less self injuring.

More sitting and less running.
Less isolating. Less hoarding. Less anxiety.

He is calmer. Our home is calmer. Our family is feeling it.

I could tell you that Cooper’s autistic behaviors don’t affect every aspect of our lives. But I’d be lying. We just hold on and ride it out. And right as we get pushed to the brink…it gets better.

We are on another upswing. We made it. Now we hold on and pray it keeps going.

We made it through another one.

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