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Old 08-24-2015, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by spedmommy4 View Post
I think I have your dcb twin brother here. The one I have here is exactly like you describe. (Low language, probably on the spectrum, suddenly stopped napping) It has taken me forever to troubleshoot the nap problem.

My guy hasn't outgrown naps but he was using misbehavior to avoid naps. He discovered they worked at home and decided to try them out on me.

It took a good month of a rigid, and I mean rigid, routine to get him napping again.
Specifically, I had to:
Keep him right near me because, if I didnt, as soon as lunch ended he would run around like a wild child.
Sit right next to him every. Single. Day
Darken the nap room with extra sheets.
Put his cot right next to a wall with nothing nearby to touch.
It is tough, and can be a sanity tester. I had his mom come in a few times during the process because I needed a break. Thankfully, she knows he is a tough kid and was willing to pitch in. I have found that very few parents are.

The only other options are giving up nap or terminating services.
Yes!!! We have the same child! I believe I have done everything you just described except for having the mom come help. She would not be able to do that or may not even want to. I have become so focused on this DCB and his ever so changing ways that it's affecting me, how I run my business and most of all I see a change in all my other children in care. This DCB did so well with my routine when he first started and now I let him do what he wants. If I don't, then it makes for a very bad day for all. Once he gets upset it takes anywhere from 10min to sometimes an hour to calm him back down.
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