OK – this will be a quick post since I usually do a weekly update on Sundays or Mondays but. . . . . they boys thumbsucking has stopped entirely! It’s been a week since we issued the challenge! In a previous post, I mentioned we were using the ‘traffic light’ reward system to encourge them to stop sucking their thumbs.
Even at night when they are sleeping, they aren’t sucking their thumbs! They walk past their “reward chart” daily but I notice that they aren’t really paying attention to it until the evening when they are waiting for their reward. In fact, the only thing they really notice during the day is what color ‘daddy’ is on and if, for whatever unjustified (in my mind) reason, they can figure out a way for me to move to a yellow or red. They are teaming up against me. I had to interrupt a fight one afternoon and almost got moved to a yellow for it?!?!?!?!?!?!?
This has been such a relief, surprise and huge accomplishment. I am ‘cautiously optimistic’ that we have turned a corner and are done with thumb sucking. Sometimes, I think I doubt how quickly they will learn things because of their autism. Much kudos to my wife for putting the charts and ideas together. . . . and for allowing me to hide the candy in her car so I don’t totally blow my diet. Proud of my kiddos.