It was over two years ago…but yet it seems like it was just yesterday. If you haven’t read my post from 4/13/11 entitled “Vacation and Autism..a Father’s Sadness” then I would encourage you to do so before you continue.
If you don’t have time to read it…and it’s a pretty lengthy blog…then here’s the summary. Two years ago, the Fowler4 went to a local indoor swimming/slides/amusement facility in the DFW Metroplex called The Great Wolf Lodge…at NO FAULT of the facility…we had a MISERABLE time!
It was B-E-Y-O-N-D brutal with our son…who was a little over 5-years-old at the time. Needless to say, we cut the staycation short and experienced sadness and trauma and frustration that we rarely had to deal with.
Earlier in 2013 my wife mentioned we try Great Wolf Lodge again.
“NO FREAKING WAY” was my reply! I wanted zero part in that experiment again. I didn’t want to spend the money (it’s really pricey) and I didn’t want to spend the time or the possibility that we’d have a similar outcome like we did in 2011.
But we decided to go.
IT WAS WONDERFUL!
I can’t tell you how different it was. William is two years older…so that makes a difference for sure, but his entire demeanor was 100% different this time.
We played in the pools, he was able to stand in line, ride the slides by himself, he obeyed instructions and would wait for us at certain spots when we were behind him in line…it was awesome!
What was really cool is that he was able to ride on all the big kid slides and rides…the ones my wife and I wanted to go on!
I think they have 4 or 5 slides/shoots that you need a tube and go tandem or in a group. William had zero hesitancy and in fact, wanted to ride the biggest and most challenging one over and over and over…
It was one of my proudest moments. He did wonderfully and I was/am so proud of him and his progress.
We will certainly be going back to this place and others. With this success so many new opportunities will be opened for us in terms of amusement parks and events.
Success is possible…we did it! I saw it. I was so proud of him and how well he did.
Hang in there fathers with kids on the spectrum…I’ve blogged about it time and time again…expectations will be smashed at first but they will take on a new shape and form and will be met with you and your child.
Thanks to Great Wolf Lodge and their wonderful staff…there were a few times when we needed to let them know about William’s situation but few and far between and it was mostly for our sake and not his or the Park’s.
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