To everyone else this is a lad on a spinner. To me it’s a huge deal. David likes routines but today was the first time he went round and round on the spinner he’s on instead of the one with the green top you can see just in the background. He also allowed us to put him in a new jacket. Obviously he was feeling super adventurous today! David can spin really fast and easily for 20 minutes without stopping. One mother and little girl went on the green topped spinner for about a minute before the little girl got off dizzy. The mother looked at my boy like he was a freak and like me like I was a terrible mother simply standing and not interacting with my squealing son. Then a little boy went on the other spinner for a minute. He went round for a bit then jumped off and watched David who resembles an ice-skater in full spin. “He’s amazing - I wish I could do that.” he said. And that’s why I have more faith in kids and future generations than many adults I know today . Love you David. #autismawareness #autismfamily #spectrum_inspired
Today Jane spent a good deal of time with this craft ‘breathing fire’ like a #chinesenewyear dragon. Her eldest brother and Dad were out today so it was just me and David to play with. David doesn’t often ‘play’ with much. He’s currently playing with two iPads. He’s learned some play routines but doesn’t really have an imaginative play. It’s very common for kids like David who are autistic. But while Jane ran around being a dragon, David noticed and it turned into a game a dragon chase. David didn’t quite understand Jane’s tag via fire breath but he and his sister played. And that’s a pretty good start for another New Year 😊😍 🐉 🔥 🎉
Headed into London today. David loves the train but he’s not great with transitioning (going from doing one thing or being in one place to another). This meant that 8 minutes before we had to leave the house in order to get the train David was stood naked by the front door crying his eyes out. He happened to come to terms with what was happening just in time, but it was a close call. Sometimes folks have no idea what it takes for us to go places. And why each time we do is a victory.
Taking our #autistic kids places can sometimes be challenging. This is the first year we’ve all managed to see Father Christmas at a Grotto - the kids did great, and so did Santa @museumoflondon #autism
Despite looking for a while, Jane didn't find any fairies or elves nearby. Anthony pointed out that there couldn't possibly be any elves.... they are obviously all busy at the North Pole. Logical as ever. #autismfamily
Jane has something in her shoe. We sit her down on along and take her shoe off. David sits down and starts to take of his shoe too. Ahhh.. routines are so quickly started in our household! #autismfamily
He's like 'phew, made it to the end of the week'. Well actually David's pre-verbal, but that's what I was thinking!