How easy do you think it is to tell an 8-year-old boy that he CAN’T play outside?
I’ll give you 5 seconds to come up with your answer…………
If you said “not very easy” then…ding, ding, ding…you are correct
Now what if that 8-year-old boy who can’t play outside has autism…
Would it be easier or harder to tell him that he can’t play outside?
You shouldn’t even need 5 seconds for this one—too easy
Thus is our situation currently.
Our 8-year-old child with autism can’t go outside and play. He has allergies. If you live in Texas then you know what allergies are and what a pain they can be to just about everyone. William is allergic to grass, trees (especially Pecan Trees) and just about everything else that makes you sneeze, have runny nose, itchy eyes and all the other fun symptoms that come with allergies.
William loves three things. He loves to stim (he taps on items to soothe himself—right now it’s a plastic measuring spoon set and an old hairbrush). He loves to play on the iPad. He loves the monkey bars.
If Monkey Bars were a class that you could take in school…William would most certainly get an “A”.
He is so strong, his hands are all torn up by going from bar-to-bar-to-bar on our monkey bar set in the back yard. He loves it and never gets bored with it. He can play on the monkey bars for hours and hours.
April and May are the MOST MISERABLE months for allergies in North Texas. The trees are blooming, it’s dusty, it’s windy and it’s awful.
This past weekend we were all outside and a few hours later…William comes in with red, puffy eyes, sneezing, coughing…you get the picture.
Now before you decide to send replies about medication and remedies and shots and all that—don’t bother. We’ve tried those things. Some things help, others don’t.
He doesn’t understand why he can’t go outside—only that he can’t go outside. So he paces the house and stims and his behavior suffers during weekends when there really isn’t much for him to do if he can’t go outside and play on the monkey bars.
Anyone else have this problem? The meds we give him can also make him tired, grumpy, not hungry—and those aren’t good.
So we just deal with it. Ugh. Allergies SUCK. Allergies and Autism SUCK EVEN MORE!
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