Is this normal grandparent behavior? Why won't she accept him?
It's been awhile since I've been posting on here. Things have been going well for us. At least as best it can go for a family with a child with ASD/Asperger's. Ricky finally found roller hockey to be a great outlet, and he is making friends and feeling great. I've noticed that with the holidays approaching, he has become obsessed with all the Christmas Commercials coming out before Thanksgiving. This upsets him, as he says, "Christmas is not the next holiday, Thanksgiving is!" Sometimes causing him unable to regulate. Anyone else have this issue? and how can I help him through this through the next week? After Thanksgiving, he will be fine, but this is getting harder each day since there are more and more Christmas advertisements everywhere. Also, Sunday we had a family member become very verbally mean and aggressive towards him because he did not want to wear a certain shirt for a photo. Now, of course I stepped in and protected my son by simply telling her that she was not going to speak or treat him like that. She then storms out, causing a scene. Of course I don't give a crap what she does, she's crazy, but my own mother took her side, and she is now being cold, and distant towards me. She hasn't even called to check on us. She expects me to apologize! This was told to me via one of her friends. (This is not going to happen!) I will never apologize for defending my children! She said that she doesn't understand his behavior, and refuses to accept that he has ASD. I have tried giving her literature on his condition, even asked her to come to his appointments, but nothing.Does anyone else face this issue with family members. And is it normal that a grandparent do this? Whew, already feel better. :-)