My 13 year old brother, Adam, who has very severe autism is coming to stay with me for two weeks since our parents are going on a trip to Europe for their 25th anniversary. Their flight is coming in tommorow and I’m worried about Adam having tantrum after tantrum after tantrum about the change in routine and being in a different environment. My parents are flying out with him and will stay with me for a few days, just so that way he doesn’t feel like they are abandoning him. I am happy I will finally get to see my brother, since I haven’t seen him since last Christmas and I really do enjoy spending time with him, but I just worry about him hurting himself.
I am working on trying to Adam proof the house, since he tends to stem and fixate on dangerous things (knifes, rubber bands (he wraps them around his wrists, ankles, neck, because he likes the feeling of numbness, but at the same time he has almost strangled himself and has cut off circulation more than a few times.), and electrical sockets). And my parents sent me a few of his favorite movies that he loves to watch that can help him somewhat calm down in a tantrum and a few toys that might help as well, but is there anything that I can do while he is here to help him adjust a little. I know to keep a set schedule and to hug onto him if he tantrums (since he likes the squeezing), but what type of things can I do for him that he might like or that might help him settle down? Thanks.
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