As Conor completed his bedtime preparation he calmed down. At 8:00 pm he went to sleep on the living room couch as he often likes to do. I placed pillows under his head and covered him with lots of thick heavy blankets, then stayed nearby working at a computer in the adjacent kitchen. Conor made some gentle singing and whistling sounds but engaged in no more self injurious or loud behaviors as he quietly went to sleep.
I was thankful, for his sake and mine, that my son's autism advantage had disappeared for the night, that his slapping, biting and screaming had stopped and that he was able to get some sleep.
I look forward to another beautiful morning walk with Conor today but I hope that his autism advantage does not return.