[Disclaimer - Max's room is soon going to be Mega Greige. The white you see in a couple photos is spackle where I covered up nail holes. The blue is a color I was considering for about 5 seconds.]
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Max's room is pretty bare. This is because when we put him to bed and there are toys in the room, he chooses to play rather than sleep. So about 2 years ago, I finally gave up on keeping any toys in his room and moved them into my
He does have a nice-sized closet. It's big enough for a small chest of drawers that holds all his clothes, a few "Church" shirts, and all the stuff Jennifer uses for therapy time. (Thank God for therapy time - also known as 2 hours that I don't have to get him out of mischief)
This is his nightly routine:
Administer 2mg of melantonin
Change him into a nighttime pullup
Turn off his room light from the fixture (so he won't be turning it on and off before he falls asleep)
Tuck him in
Lock his door (from the outside - so he won't escape)
10 minutes later...
"Max... get in your bed!"
20 minutes later...
Max has scooted his bed in order to turn on the light in order to pry the child lock off the closet door in order to party in his closet. oi.
scoot bed back into position
Close and put child lock back on door
Tuck child in
Turn off light
The party closet...
This cycle is sometimes repeated.
So today I decided to nip it in the butt.
I went to Home Depot and picked up a door knob that locks - like you put on your bathroom or bedroom door.
Then I went to the electrical problem and told the electrical guy "I have a unique problem that requires a creative solution". And proceeded to give him more information then he needed. He showed me this...
I installed the doorknob as soon as I got home with the lock on the inside. Sarah - 1, Autism - 0.
Jennifer was coming over today to therapize Max, so I asked her if her hubs could come over and install the light switch thingy because I'm scared of electrical stuff. Thanks Michael. :)
You use the eensy weensy tiny key to turn the light on and off. Fabulous. A tiny key. That's what I need. :-|
Keeping the key in a high place.
Addendum - eensy weensy tiny key is officially lost.
Doorknob - $8.47
Lockable Lightswitch - $12.99
Sarah - 2, Autism - 0.