This weekend, my Potato was invited to a birthday party at Pump It Up and he just couldn’t get with it. I pretty sure he had was is called a sensory overload. I tried to get him to play but he just wanted me to sit there next to him and watch the other kids play. I kinda of felt bad watching him be unable to enjoy this venue. I tried to engage him with the small balls they had in a basket but he simply put them back and sat back down as if he was looking for a safe area.
As we moved into another room, he sat down on another bench. I finally got him engaged with the floor game:
This was pretty much all he would do. I felt so bad for him but then I thought to myself, he found a way to enjoy himself even if it was away from all the other kids.
I was bothered because I never seen him like that. He just wanted me there next to him. When it was time to leave, he didnt even fight to leave. I believe if he could’ve said ‘Mommy, let’s go he would’ve.”
But I will take this a learning lesson for us both. I will continue to take him places and let him experience different things. I don’t know if we will go back to this place, unless he can handle it.
Its Autism Awarenss Month and I’m a proud mother of an autistic son!! Not many people can deal with special children like my son, but it’s truly a testimony that God has his hands in my life and my families life. Watching my son Xaveir these last 5 years have been a special kind of journey, that God has given me the tools to handle. Everyday isn’t perfect, some days are harder than most. But everyday that he surpasses a goal, shows me my faith is true! Thank you to everyone who has listened, helped, encouraged, supported and watched him to give me a break! 💙💙💙💙
So after much talk about starting a group or a facebook page to let those who have autism and those family who loves someone with autism express themselves freely in a safe space, free of judgment, I started a group called “I Love Someone With Autism” I encourage those who support what I’m trying to do to join the group, either to gain knowledge, vents, give and get advice, and most importantly support other who are coping and learning more about Autism.
We can trade stories about successful accomplishments and everything. I know sometimes we think no one will understand what we are going through as families, but this will be our way to unite and share.