Hey Everyone- I am desperately searching for some new ideas!
My middle son Declan is more severely affected with typical ASD out of the 2. This year he starts 2 Full Days mainstream Kindy (with an Aide) and also continues his special "star" kindy for EI. Declan has real trouble switching off at night. We have tried Deep pressure. We have tried scheduling, We have tried physical activities followed by quiet.I feel as though we have tried everything. Every night he destroys his room- i mean drawers out, clothes strewn, mattress on it's head, it takes me about an hour to clean up everyday. We have Declan proofed his room as much as we can but it's still hard. This I don't mind so much- as a mum that's what you do. My problem is that sometimes it's 2 in the morning he winds down, and sometimes when he is so tired and he can't switch off he just high pitched squeals and cries for around an hour or two (whether comforted or not). It is really distressing for him and us. We really don't want to introduce meds yet if we can help it... he is nearly four but still so little - so precious! I have been researching different things- Has anyone ever used melatonin as a natural calm down? I am at my witts end- absolutely! Any help would be so appreciated. I don't think he will cope with schooling only having 4-5 hours sleep! And he only has the Aussie govt grant for EI for another 2 years so we want to make the most of it.
PS- For background, Declan is non verbal, 2b level of PECS,Sensory Hyperstimulated- particularly tactile, vestibular senses. Ta
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