Stir crazy

Lockdown and siblings. Not a match made in heaven in our house. Reillys super sensitive to unexpected noises. Reillys 14 year old brother plays FIFA and rants, raves and punches his desk occasionally like most teens I think. They NEED some time apart but it’s not easy.

Both of them are a bit stir crazy like most of us. This afternoons antics has resulted in an epic meltdown from Reilly. We’ve seen so many now we know what to do. A loud bang resulted in Reilly trying to hurt himself for over half an hour. Screaming, scratching, throwing himself off furniture etc. It’s heartbreaking. There’s absolutely nothing we can do other than make sure he’s safe. It will pass is my mantra.

He will even shout bye bye because he doesn’t want our interference which is hard. I’m a parent it’s what I’m made for, to give a cuddle and tell you it’s going to be ok. So we give him space, we know the trigger and try and minimise them. This means a lot of walking on eggshells and trying to be careful. Reilly doesn’t wear ear defenders at home so that’s out. We retreat to a safe distance and let him know we are there for a cuddle when he’s ready.

If he could speak I’m sure he’d say for Christ sake can you all give me a break, a hear it differently, I even feel it. But he can’t so he shows us the way he knows.

The world is so unpredictable at the minute. Routines are flipped on their head at a moments notice it must be so incredibly hard for him. We talk to each other and seek support, he just cracks on living his life of Reilly.

Can’t wait until we can see some kind of normality again. Holidays, nights away, meals out, meeting friends. God knows we all need it.

Love him.

Stay safe. If you need support contact me about our buddy system x

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Christine Stephenson

Really busy mam who runs her own charity, has 3 sons and learning about autism every day. Contact me at

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