four year old with aspergers syndrome fixates on numbers





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Uploaded on Sep 25, 2010

CJ was upset before the video started because he had "messed up" a number in the 30's (33 i think). every time he reached that number he would scream, pound the floor, and start over. every time he was getting more and more upset. He had been stuck in this loop for over 20 minutes (most of it was him counting without me there). I had been instructed by his OT therapist to try and redirect him with something fun and steer him away from what was upsetting him. however, he fixates so strongly he can't be steered away. normally just hearing "playground" and he would be running to get his shoes. at this time i had never seen him quite so stuck (writing this years later...i can say that i was for sure new to understanding his brain as i do now) I stopped taping before we got to the number that was upsetting him so badly because i knew i would need to focus on him. sure enough what followed was us reaching the number and he lost it. i tried to help him "fix" it, i tried to help him just count it and keep going. nothing worked. he melted down and it lasted a good while.

i was NOT trying to upset him by interrupting him. i was NOT trying to initiate a meltdown or make him more upset (was trying to diffuse it). I should have included more video on the front end or the tail end to show the bigger picture. however, i didn't really want to video him getting that upset. with all that said, CJ is 7 years old now and still struggles with his OCD/fixating but handles it MUCH better. he is doing very well in school with a little support through an IEP.

also, this channel is almost totally videos of CJ happy, playing, being silly with only two that show even glimpses of meltdowns or him being upset. both from age 4. i can't help that the two videos get more views than so many of the more positive videos. autism is NOT all tears and meltdowns. WAY more often it is creativity, fun, and a wonderfully beautiful different view of the world.


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