My younger ds is still in my bed, and I need ideas on how to gently but firmly get him to sleep in his own room-- soon.
I co-slept with both my kids. The older, who also has High-functioning Autism, decided at 6 that he liked his own bed better, and that was it.
His little bro is a whole different world. He has a much harder time with change, and has many phobias. We've lived in this house for 2 years, and he still has fits of being "scared" of his bedroom!
He is also scared of most bugs. Something really unfortunate happened-- more than once-- wasps got into his room (scared me, too, I admit
). He wouldn't go in there alone for weeks, even after I caulked the hole.
He does sleep alone at his father's (our original "family home") after his dad strong-armed him into it. Ds still has a hard time with it, though, after more than a year.
Now ex is giving me a hard time about it, and truthfully, I don't want to end up prying a 10 or 11 year old out of my bed! It's obvious ds is not going to go voluntarily. Please give me some advice!