Have you ever had someone start to say something, in the sense of revealing information, and you would do anything to stop them? We have many times.
When our two children with autism lived with us, both had sleep issues but in different ways. Abby was just messed up when it came to sleep. It was not unusual for her to get up between 1 and 3 am.
Logan generally slept well, getting up around 7 am. Unless someone said something.
If in the evening, we or someone else, mentioned that something would happen the next day, there would be a problem.
“Logan, Grandma is coming for a visit tomorrow.”
“Logan, tomorrow is a day off school.”
“Logan, Abby’s birthday is tomorrow.”
If anything was going to happen the next day, Logan would get up extremely early. Sometimes midnight and sometimes he wouldn’t sleep at all.
We came up with the policy that NOTHING was going to happen tomorrow, no matter what was really going to happen. It was easier to train ourselves than others. It is natural to share the excitement of what was coming. Sometimes the event was so minor, that it did not seem to be a big deal. But we had to cut off people and re-educate people about what was allowed to be said.
Anticipation was something too disruptive to Logan’s sleep.
And that is a glimpse of autism.