Yesterday was Zachary’s 3rd Birthday (Happy B-day little man) and it was a great day socially for both Eli and Zach. We had a house full of kids ranging from age 11 to 2 and there was no evidence of Aspergers, PDD-NOS or any other Spectrum disorder behaviors the entire day. Eli did not stim, whine or revert socially into a corner. He just played and had a great day of fun. It was really cool to see.
But moments like yesterday are a double edged sword for a parent who has a child with Autism. You wonder what you are doing wrong or what you can do to bring more days like that out and make them more frequent. The truth is nobody knows what triggers Autism, or the behavior on any given day. I personally believe that it all has to do with an idle mind. When Eli is bored or not engaged in something he stims and has issues, but if he is engaged in something he is fine.
One of the things I am trying to do is have Eli recognize when he is stimming and encourage him to read, do some math or ponder why the moon does not slam into the Earth. Problem is, Eli does not yet realize he is stimming when he is stimming.