Question:

I have asked you a question once before and you gave me such internal peace. I would like to thank you from the bottom of ny heart!My question today is about my daughter Madi. She is 5the years old and was diagnosed with Classic Infantile Autism at the age of 2. She has a twin brother who does not have Autism. I had a horrible pregnancy and delivered them at 30 1/2 weeks. Both weighing a little over 3lbs. They both have overcome so many obstacles and are amazing kids. I have had Madi in speech and occupational therapy ever since she was diagnosed. I treat her different as far as disciplining her. Rather redirect her. She has absolutely no fear of anything and will do anything. Her communication has improved with therapy but she still struggles. She is a VERY happy and VERY smart little girl who loves music. When I need to get her attention I have to come up with a song that tells her what to do. Such as, it’s bath time my sweet baby princess in whatever tune I can think of. She has always responded to singing. However, sometimes she will laugh for no reason. It’s a deep belly laugh that you and I might do if we were watching a stand up comedian per say. There are many tomes that I would love to go in “Madi’s world” than deal with daily struggles. I’m not sure why she randomonly starts laughing. We’ll be at the grocery store and the laughing comes out of no where. It can last for hours. I’m not complaining because she could be throwing fits. Also at times I will find her standing in a room alone talking to herself or maybe even someone. This is a full conversation that she is having. I’ll stand and watch without making a noise and she will turn around and look at me then the conversations will stop. I don’t want her to feel as if she is different and if this is comforting to her then I don’t want to intrude. She even wakes up in the night and has this or she starts laughing. Now there are times that she will start crying for no reason and since she lacks communication I struggle with trying to help her. I typically remove her from whatever room she is in that the crying starts in and comfort her. Sometimes that doesn’t work. I’m at a loss as to how I should help my baby princess and is the talking/laughing something I should be concerned about. I am a single mom (the dad is active in their lives) who just wants to do right by her baby. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Answer:

Greetings: I think that reassuring her that everything will be alright is the smartest move here. If you can keep her steeped in positive reinforcement, and try not allow her to see or hear nothing abrasive this will help her feel safe enough to perhaps tell you why she laughs and cries. The patience that you have already shown is in order here. Let me know if there is anything that I can do to help. Peace.

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