Q: Dear Bryn,
After the January Son-Rise Program Start-Up training in Rotterdam, we came home and started our own program the very next day. It is going very well. Eye contact has increased every day. He is making contact by taking us by the hand and then leading us to the things he wants. In the past contact with water was a major problem for Luuk. All it took was a little water on his little finger and he would scream like hell. One day my wife, Paulette, went with the other two kids to the swimming pool. I stayed at home with Luuk. After a while I said to Luuk, “We are going also”. I had a feeling that this time would be different and it was. We went into the kid’s pool. No tears! I pulled him down to sit next to me. No tears! I start wetting his belly with water. No tears! We went into the deeper part of the pool. No tears! And after half of an hour we had to put swim-aids around his arms because he was pushing himself off from the side of the pool into the water and he was having the greatest time of his life. In the morning when we open his bedroom door, the first thing he does is run into the playroom. In the beginning we used to have to lock the door but this isn’t necessary anymore. So everything has gone very well. But, a few weeks ago he started throwing things around. Everything he can reach has gone flying. We’ve tried everything, but we failed. He seems very angry. When he is throwing things around he is screaming. The eye contact is gone and he is very difficult to reach. The first thing that we thought of was a “mode”. You talked about that in Rotterdam. But can this go on for weeks? We also thought of a nutritional problem, but he is eating the same things as before. When he started throwing things, he also started having problems taking his medication. Do you know about a study between autism and anti-epilepticals? We asked our doctor but he said that this was impossible. We still don't believe him. Hopefully there is an answer for our problem. We are also looking forward to October when my wife and I are coming to the Institute to take part in The Son-Rise Program Maximum Impact: Advanced Training.
With warm regards from Holland,
Name: Max and Paulette H. Country: Netherlands Child: Luuk, 5 years old Diagnosis: Autism, Developmental Delay, Epilepsy
A: Dear Max,
Hello - forgive me for the delay in responding, my schedule here at the Institute with families (as well as my own Son-Rise Program) has been incredibly full and I apologize for the delay. I was so excited to hear how well all has been going... good for you! Here are some suggestions regarding handling the throwing:
My greatest hopes go with you,