I’ll tell you how we deal with this in a second, but first, let me tell you a few things about how these things are with autistic kids. It’s often quite challenging to have them do something they aren’t interested in, seem pointless or cause anxiety. They might simply shut down, rage or burst out crying if we ask (reason with, beg or trying to convince) them to do something that falls in these categories. The best first step is trying to figure out what causes this opposition.
"So now - once again at Christmas - we are getting back on track. I show you how. But first, I'd like to ask you to close your eyes, and imagine that it's the fifth day of winter holidays in school, and your kids are jumping on your head."
"After every bigger project comes a period when I'm useless. It's a good idea to spend some time with rest in this case, and leave some room for getting myself back together, but I often forget about this."