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Took My Son Sleigh Riding

When you have a son with Autism, Sometimes you have to do things a bit differently. For an example, I can not take him sleigh riding a lone. He consists of having two adults with him. The reason is because he likes to run off. He doesn't have the comprehension ability of knowing what danger is or how to be cautious. So it's hard to go on a hill, let him slide down, without me running back and forth from bottom to the top and visa versa.

So yesterday, we waited for my boyfriend to get home from work which was in the afternoon, we decided to take him out in the snow to get him out and some fresh air, and exercise. I can't tell you how much fun we had and how amazing it was!

My boyfriend was at the top of the hill while I stayed at the bottom which worked our fantastic. My son was constantly sliding down, running up over and over, and the joy of his smiles and laughter made my whole day. I also learned to try to keep out of the way because I tried stopping him once at the bottom of the hill where I completely wiped out and fell on my butt.

I also banged my knees into the ground and now it's pretty sore. I'm on Coumadin so I know I have to be semi careful, but it was so worth it. This morning we have a 2 hour school delay, but I think he's more than ready to go to school now.

If we're not to tired today after school we may take him out again. We'll see though because my son has been up since 4:30 this morning and his bus won't even be here until 10:30 due on the 2 hour delay.

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Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 10, 2015, 7:21 AM

I have had children with autism staying at my villa for holidays and know what you mean about them not recognising danger. It must be extra tiring to have a child that needs constant watching, but your post just shows that there is fun and joy too.

troberts102008 wrote on February 10, 2015, 7:25 AM

There definitely is. We try hard to make things work. He's hard to keep happy lol. I am very eager to have him out on my own at times because when he was three, he was struck by a truck leaving him in major injuries conditions in the ICU. From that time and for the rest of his life, I will always be very over protective of him. (I was at work when this incident happend) but it truly shows you, it can happen and I can't even risk it anymore, ya know?

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 10, 2015, 7:31 AM

The thing is, any child of just 3 could be hit by a truck if not supervised, maybe remembering this would help give you a little less anxiety.

UK_Writer wrote on February 10, 2015, 11:59 AM

I've never been on a sled in the snow - it's something I'd be interested in doing, if I knew where and was prepared to put up with the cold.