Well, we had a little trouble with Alex on the bus yesterday.
During the afternoon I got an email from his teacher that
he had been given an UIR (unusual incident report) regarding
Alex. It seems he is fine on the bus until he gets close to home
and then starts acting out. When the aide
tries to help him with his seat belt, he grabs the
aide's shirt and yells. This had happened several times
in the last week! The teacher asked if I might know
what the problem was. haha...I always love that question.
Me, who is not there to witness anything, might know?
I'm pretty good at reading the minds of my autistic boys
when I am with them...but not from miles away. ha.
No, of course I didn't and it didn't make sense that Alex was
happy once inside the house and happy to go back the next
day! But I did stand on the porch yesterday afternoon
to see if I might be needed and to talk to the aide, too.
Spencer and Harry got off like they usually do.
Alex didn't come off, so I walked down the driveway to see
what was going on. The aide said he started banging his head
on the window about a mile away and continued to become
increasingly irritated as they went along. He wasn't
too keen about going near him to release his seat belt anymore!
I asked if I could get on the bus and help. He was happy
to let me. I walked back to Alex's seat and gave him my
'mom look' and said, "Unbuckle that seat belt and get off
this bus!" He immediately pushed the seat belt button and
walked off the bus as calm as could be! LOL!
The aide (an older man) said, "Well I told Alex that I was
going to have to tell his mother if he didn't calm down, and
he was silent after that!"
We agreed that I would watch again this afternoon and
come help the aide if Alex misbehaved again.
This morning before he left, I told Alex that he better be
good on the bus. He's nonverbal, and didn't answer, of
course. But he did give me an understanding look.
And this afternoon, I waited as all three came off the bus
together....and the aide gave me a thumbs up!
I guess it goes to show you that mom's have the power
to instill the fear of obedience in their kids.
At least this time, I did. :)
And if you happen to think of Alex during the next
few afternoons, say a little prayer for him, won't you?
I hope his acting out is done for good!