Dear readers, as many of you know through the writings here, David has been in residential placement. He is on his third major placement and like 10th or 11th minor placement. Major is facilities where he has stayed for more than 30 days, and minor are all of the others. This past week was a fantastic week for him. He has some residents in the facility that have been picking on him. Rather than fighting back physically, he has chosen the power of the pen and filed a complaint. This is the second time he has chosen this method rather than fighting. For David this is huge and needs to be celebrated! The other very positive thing that occurred this last week is that David moved up a level. He is at the highest privilege level he has ever been at in this facility. Does that mean he is
David is really struggling over the last 24 hours. A majority of it is his response to his primary staff leaving. That he formed that strong a bond with someone is important. So while I understand that his behaviors are negative right now, maybe we need to look at it from a different angle. He formed an attachment of some kind with someone. This has only happened a couple of times in his life that I know of. So this is huge! Is it appropriate? Maybe not always, but it should still be celebrated. So we are trying to work with David and the staff at the facility to show David that it is ok. That how he feels is ok. With the Autism, David doesn’t understand sadness. He understands how different emotions get him different things, but he doesn’t understand emotions. So the key is to show him that
The recent suicide of Robin Williams is a tragedy for his family. For the rest of the world it is a great loss. I’ll admit to being a huge fan of the man. I understand addiction. I also understand some things about depression. Did Mr. Williams have Bipolar Disorder? I don’t know, that is between him, his family and his doctor. The discussion that we should be having on an International scale is how we as humans view and treat people with Mental Illness. Depression is a mental illness. There is no shame in being depressed, or seeking treatment for it. Yet. The headlines in one major paper referenced the fact that he was found in his bedroom, which was not the same bedroom his wife slept in. Reports are that his children are being badgered by the media, specifically people on social media who are being less than polite.