That Simple

The sunrise Charlie and I beheld on a 6am walk Friday morning
By 4.45am Friday morning Charlie was awake, out of bed, fully clothed and fully shod. He did wait until 6am to ask for a walk. I made coffee and folded some laundry before grabbing a jacket and running shoes and out we went. (Jim had been out late on Thursday night speaking here.)

 Even with the early wake-ups (there was also one on Tuesday), Charlie hasn't been napping during the day, which is a good thing. Even an hour-long nap has always meant that he'll have a much harder time going to sleep. I used actively to try to keep him from napping so he'd get a good night's sleep, but these efforts generally failed (and led to Charlie getting, understandably, irritated at me the meddling mom). Friday he was definitely yawning while sitting in the car with me at the parking lot of the nursing home while Jim sat with his mother. But Charlie (who always goes in with us to say "hi, hi" to his grandmother) was most definitely awake in the white car.


Charlie is not hyper and a "climbing the walls" sort of kid, but he does like to get up and out every 1-2 hours. It doesn't have to be a bike ride like he did with Jim Friday afternoon or a walk like the one he and I did as the sun rose.
Motion, at regular intervals, is mandatory. At his old public middle school, reports of Charlie falling asleep, and of the classroom staff trying to keep him awake, were fairly frequently, as were reports of Charlie getting upset in the wake of all this. At the old school, Charlie was mostly restricted to being in one classroom for most of the day, aside from a half-hour of gym in the morning and occasional walks. He now asks for "breaks" outside the classroom in the form of walks regularly. 

Too, I'm wondering if these short yet regular "constitutionals" help him to wake up when he's drowsy. Due to the size of his (still) new school, walks seem always to be possible and the school being a quite cavernous space with a high ceiling most be beneficial. Maybe all that Charlie needed to stay focused and alert—and to have fewer "behaviors" resulting in Incident Reports—was such breaks from the smaller space of the classroom?Charlie at his favorite diner on Friday night  


Talk about a
simplex munditiis–"simple in its elegance"—solution.


And it kind of goes without saying that, after a late-ish diner dinner yesterday, Charlie betook himself straight to bed and was soon (and minus
melatonin) sleeping soundly. 

As for why he's been getting up so early: Anticipation about getting up and getting himself off to his school, where, this week, most of his days have been good, if not "great"?
For sure when we reflect on what Charlie's been through, this does not surprise us. Sometimes the answers to one's questions and one's worries can be that, yes, simple, and even elegant.

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7 Responses to “That Simple”
  1. farmwifetwo says:

    “where, this week, most of his days have been good, if not “great”? ”
    This is where I am at. I am either looking to fix the current placement or find another. I have probably annoyed everyone at the school but since they broke the original (unofficial/verbal) contract in June (found out end of Aug by fluke)… now we’re going to do it “officially”. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/hilites.html
    I’m not happy to be doing it, I’m not happy that there will be those that are upset b/c I am. The school board special ed person has been very kind and understanding which tells me I am completely within my rights to demand change… and I am.
    I look at Charlie and think… If I can find my son a better placement or fix this one…

  2. autismvox says:

    We’ve (sigh; so ’tis) burned so many bridges. Even with this current placement, I feeling at a “one day at a time.” Is this school board special ed person not an administrator, then (just wondering)?
    Thanks about Charlie, I’m still holding my breath! Feels like he’s been in so many places and too often things have not ended on a good note. Hoping we can do better with this one. Are there placements you’re thinking of?

  3. Louise says:

    It’s such a happy thing for Charlie to have a whole school building and grounds to master – especially when he’s got such a strong sense of geography and travel. Add to that the fact that each room has its own set of skills to master – including the lunchroom – and he probably has a very rapidly developing brain – learning all that new stuff. It’s such an exhilarating time when that occurs.
    Here’s to praying that Charlie gets to stay in his congenial new surroundings as long as helps him.

  4. movement breaks is what Matt needs and he runs always to the PE area – so that is a sign to me he needs and wants to do a lap. School report this week mentioned scooter boards, sit ups and hula hoops, so I had to ask if that meant this is what PE did and also if Matt did it. Waiting for more info on the 7th grade fitness test. Had one in 5th grade and again in 9th for State of CA.

  5. Emily says:

    I’m so glad his days have been good and great.
    TH must have “motor breaks” through the day to bring back his focus (or what there is of his focus); he especially needs them in the afternoons.

  6. autismvox says:

    @Emily, how does TH’s school accommodate for the “motor breaks”?
    @Louise, thank you, all my hopes are in that direction too….
    @Bonnie, Haven’t tried a hula hoop with Charlie. He hasn’t had fitness testing by grade levels, though has had evaluations for physical therapy (which he’s always been denied).

  7. autismvox says:

    @Emily, how does TH’s school accommodate for the “motor breaks”?
    @Louise, thank you, all my hopes are in that direction too….
    @Bonnie, Haven’t tried a hula hoop with Charlie. He hasn’t had fitness testing by grade levels, though has had evaluations for physical therapy (which he’s always been denied).

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