well, does anyone else's child go loopy in the winter? or is it just my dd1?
she was climbing the walls last winter (seriously, was the first time I thought that i'll not be able to cope in the years to come), and for the last couple of weeks she has been behaving awfully again.
iirc, it peaked at the end of November last year, and was a LOT better by New Year - not sure I can cope with another month of this...
we are a true all-weather family - we were out in force last weekend for the Great South Run (my stepson was running in it, so we went to support) and that was hideous weather.
we are out and about as much as ever, i think, but truly, dd1 goes loopy between mid-September and the end of the year. Very shouty and non-co-operative, which is extremely unlike her, normally very passive and willing.
'tis bizarre, and I wish i knew what the problem was (as ever!) so that I could at least try to help
maybe she's got seasonal affective disorder, it peaks as the days get shorter and then gets better in the new year as the days start to get longer again. Maybe SAD affects those with ASD in a subtly different way to NT folk. (I have used a light box in the past when I have got grumpy and lacking in concentration in the winter. I didn't use it consistently enough to prove if it was effective or not as my depression was at least partly caused by my worries about DS2 and probably hormones too, but it did feel like drinking a strong coffee). My kids can be a handful in the winter but I think it is simply not getting out enough and living in a slightly too small flat!
sphil - ds has exzema and asthma flare-up when the heating first goes on too! Which then makes him grumpier/not sleep as well and so on. Very interesting, he is easier to handle in summer but I've never thought about it being more than it being easier to get out and about - he does have some hot/cold sensory issues(t-shirt outside in winter if we let him).