Why do Hunter and Ryder have less autistic behaviors when they have a fever? I have noticed this phenomenon since Hunter was a toddler. I used to love it when he would get a fever because he would act like a typical child! No hyperactivity, his thinking was clearer, he was able to show affection, etc.
The same goes for Ryder. Ryder has better eye contact, an increased "awareness" of his surroundings, and he'll even say several words. Once the fever is gone, all of this disappears.
Both Ryder and Hunter have been sick with upper respiratory colds lately. Yesterday, Ryder was pacing the house and his pajamas bottoms were about to fall down. I said, "Ryder, pull up your pants." And he said, "Up!" Then tried to pull up his pants. I was blown away.
Then today, I heard someone playing the piano in the other room. I figured it was Mercedes playing hymns, because for every hymn she learns, her grandpa will pay her one dollar. I went in there and it wasn't Mercedes. It was Hunter! He has never taken a piano lesson in his life. He was playing hymns with BOTH hands. I felt his head, which was very hot, and his hands were icy cold. A fever! I was blown away.
So, the question now is, how do I get these kids to always have a fever?