Because my daughter's behavior can be cyclical in nature, I'm assuming it's going to be a little rough going over the next couple of weeks. I just have to keep telling myself that this too shall pass. I also have to remind myself that her worse days now are still better than her best days used to be.
Also, something positive did come out of a tantrum she had last night. My daughter didn't want to do part of her homework. She completed her 6 worksheets, and I rewarded her with time to play on the computer. But, it was under the condition that she would finish the rest of her homework after dinner. This was the toughest part of her homework. She had to write six sentences using her spelling words. Now, my daughter is definitely academically advanced, but this is a tough thing for her to do. Because of her autism, she has a hard time generating sentences, and once she does, actually writing the sentences is hard for her to do.
So, when it was time for her to write her sentences, she started complaining that she was tired and wanted to do other things instead, like play hula hoop or read a book. After much crying and fighting, she finally sat down to write her sentences. She ordered me to stay away from her. Because I was so angry, I said, "No problem!" and left her alone to do her work. Usually, she needs my help with coming up with sentences. I was sure she would come out to ask for help at any moment.
And sure enough, she did come out a mere 10 minutes later! Only, she didn't ask for help. She came out to tell me she had finished her sentences. I was surprised! I looked over her sentences, and she did an amazing job on them. All on her own, in much less time than she usually takes!
I told her that while I didn't like the fight we had, I was certainly impressed with the results.
This morning, my daughter had amazing behavior. She was in a great mood and didn't let every little thing get her upset in the least. I'm hoping the good cycle is beginning!