My Autistic Brain Tumor Survivor

Friendship Friday: More Risky Behavior & The Zoomobile

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Last week I reported that Bethany was behaving aggressively; specifically hitting and pushing when she didn’t get what she wanted. We had another “risky” behavior incident last Sunday as well!

Call us crazy, but desperately wanting to give our angry child a happy moment we decided to drive fifty miles so that she could ride her favorite carousel.

First Bethany asked to see the flowers in Wegmans. We all had a wonderful, happy time shopping! However, when Bethany is done shopping we’re all done shopping! She wanted to sit on a bench while waiting for dad to check out but we couldn’t find any. We looked outside but there weren’t any benches out there either.

I was worried that we were going to have an “incident” in the very crowded parking lot. She has been known to just lay right down in the middle of parking lots you know! But after a little hesitation she did get into the car, Thank God!

She then asked to got to Five Below. It was there that we did have a parking lot incident after she realized that there were no benches in that store either. She refused to get into our car and kept backing away from us if we got too close. She went over to a random car, leaned against it, and covered her eyes with her hands.
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Our strategy was that I would stay in the parking lot to caution other drivers while Malcolm drove our car over by her and then we’d kind of try plopping her into our car. I was a bit terrified that he might accidentally hit her if she decided to bolt, though!

Thankfully and much to our surprise after he moved the car only about two feet she smiled, waved, came over to us and deposited herself into our car. Then off to the carousel we went!

After riding the carousel about seven or eight times we were told that there was a tornado warning and that they had to shut it down and lock up the building.

Guess who would not cooperate with that? Malcolm and I left the building hoping that Bethany would follow us. She did get off the carousel but promptly threw herself down on a bench still inside the building. (She finally found her bench!!) The staff was getting nervous and who could blame them? They wanted to get to safety. We could actually see the swirling black clouds coming nearer.

This drastic problem called for a drastic solution. Malcolm had to drag Bethany across the floor and out of the building. He could not drag her fifty feet across the concrete to the car without hurting her, so we had to wait it out with her lying on the sidewalk.

While we were watching this terrifying storm move closer and closer to us, all I could think of was that the swirling black cloud was going to suddenly dip down and swallow up my precious, beloved, yet oh so annoying (at the moment) daughter and take her away from me!

Thankfully, the swirling beginnings of the tornado died out. Then when it started to drizzle Bethany got up and into the car. She hates to get wet!

Just imagine how overjoyed I was after such a stressful couple of weeks filled with anger, aggression, anxiety, and risky behavior, when Bethany accompanied her aide without any hesitation or misbehavior to see the animals in the zoomobile! You can bet that I breathed a huge sigh of relief!

I did meet with Bethany’s service coordinator this week to discuss options available to address her behavior issues. We decided to add a consult and ongoing therapy with a behavior therapist to her CSS plan. I hope we get some real practical help this time!

Bethany got up close to pet this alligator!

Bethany got up close to pet this alligator!

Excited about something that she saw!

Excited about something that she saw!

When she got home she told me that her favorite animal was the rabbit!

When she got home she told me that her favorite animal was the rabbit!

It seems that she liked the chinchilla too!

It seems that she liked the chinchilla too!

Petting the turtle.

Petting the turtle.

Listening intently!

Listening intently!

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Elsewhere on the blog:
Nick Vujicic is an Amazing Man!
Kiwi Crate Craft Kit Sale
What’s the Word Wenesday? #2
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I’m sharing at:
Special Needs Blogger Weekend LinkUp
Summer Blog Hop Series @ A Little Moxie
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Now it’s your turn! I hope you all had a fantastic week!

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9 Comments

  1. Chrystal

    I’m very glad that she enjoyed the zoomobile! And I’d have been oh so scared with the storm and her simply laying on the ground. Thank God it didn’t touch down! I pray this next week is easier on all of you.

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    1. Sylvia (Post author)

      It always a cause for celebration when Bethany actually enjoys something. Yeah, we were really thankful when the storm blew itself out!

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  2. Phyllis at All Things Beautiful

    You are the best, most patient parents ever! I wish you luck with finding help for her behavior issues. I have never been able to find any help with my son’s. He made a fuss at the field trip we took him on yesterday in hopes that we would all go home, but we stuck it out and made him stay so he wouldn’t think he could act up and get his way. It does make it harder on the other kids, though.

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    1. Sylvia (Post author)

      I’m glad you were able to able to stay at the field trip. It really is hard on the other kids when our special ones act up, especially in public. Jeremiah doesn’t like going places if Bethany is going because sometimes she tries to hit him in the car, and who can blame him? It makes family outings almost impossible.

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  3. Debbie

    That zoomobile is really neat, it is great that your daughter was able to experience that. I hope your new support makes a tremendous difference for you and your daughter.

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    1. Sylvia (Post author)

      Thanks, Debbie. That’s what I’m hoping for too! Though I’m not getting my hopes up too high. We’ve been disappointed by so called help many times!

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  4. Christy

    I’m sorry that you are having difficulties with Bethany lately. I hope the behavior therapist can help you.

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    1. Sylvia (Post author)

      Me too, Christy. We can use all the help we can get. I just hope it’s real help this time!

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  5. Kristi Campbell

    YAY to rabbits and the zoo mobile. But how scary about the incoming tornados! I’d have had the same terrifying thoughts about the storm sucking up my amazingly wonderful (but at the time annoying) little boy. Here’s to benches and getting these kids to do what they need to do! Good job to you guys!!

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