Most days working with Alex and his Aspergers is pretty low key. We are able to stay in a routine, working through any frustration and go along at a pretty even keel when it comes managing this disability. Today not so much. Alex was assigned to give a talk in primary. He always refuses to do these types of things but after working with him, he picked out a talk that he was willing to give and talk just a bit about. Fine. Until we got into the primary room and he actually had to get up in front of everyone. I was able to get him up to the front of the room (a feet within its self, as he was trying to be one with his metal chair) with the promise that I would read the talk if he stood on the podium. No talking just standing. That was fine until it was time to give the talk, then all heck broke loose. Alex screamed at me that he wasn't going to do it, threw some piece of paper that he had in his hand at me and stormed out of the primary room.
I found him in the car and we talked it out some and made it back in time for class. I had a meeting with Nik third hour so I wasn't in primary for sharing time. About 20 minutes into the meeting I get a tap on the shoulder. I knew without being told that it was Alex. He had yelled at one of the ladies in primary and ran out again. I guess he was not paying attention and when he was asked to do so he got upset and set himself up in the corner of the room. He then proceeded to barricaded himself in the corner with chairs. Fine. Okay. Until he decided to barricade himself more with the chairs that were folded up. Putting them on top of the other chairs making quite the structure. This came crashing down and when one of the teachers was asking if he need help, that was when he screamed at her and ran out to the car again.
It was very disheartening to have this happen today. Most days working with Al I can sort of forget that he has Aspergers. Today it slapped me in the face and makes me weepy for the challenges that he will face. Today was a bad Aspee day, but that's okay because tomorrow will be a good one.