Dean (my almost 5 year old autistic son) does NOT enjoy being woken up, however we had to leave by 6:45 am, which is a bit before his natural wake - up time. I had written a "social story" (I LOVE the website tarheelreader.org - SO GREAT) to help him know what to expect. It said that Monday we would go to the hospital (and all the steps involved, from arriving to returning home). He kept screaming "It's not Monday! Pretend it be Tuesday!" Which was adorable and all, but I need to get going and that kid is strong - he can be tough to force into anything. He was also not too happy that I wouldn't let him eat.
Every transition takes great effort. I was grateful for all the airplanes we could count while driving (great distraction) and the flexibility of the staff at the Children's Hospital. He didn't have to wear his ID bracelet until after he was put to sleep and they let him wear his own clothes! That said, it was still very challenging.