Over the past two and a half months I have been trying to expose Adrian to new things, situations, and environments.

In June we took him to the lake and walked the board walk. There are so many variables at play. The wind, spray, people walking next to us and walking. He does not like to walk. He tires quickly and after awhile it hurts his legs. We ended up seeing wind surfers though. He loved them and the tricks they did. I ended up putting him in a life jacket and because he now accepts things touching his face and head sunglasses and a hat. He had one minor meltdown on the walk back. At which point Steve picked him up and carried him the rest of the way.

Adrian, Jade, & Daddy

In July we took him to his first real race. He had a rough time. He wanted to take part in the fair rather than watch the cars race. He used his iPad while his sister, dad, and I watched the cars race by. He drank a couple of juice boxes and ate his snack. For the most part though he hid under his blanket playing apps on his iPad.

Adrian focusing on an app

Our August adventure took place just yesterday August 18. I had found an excellent deal on train rides in our area. The train has excursions every Wednesday and Saturday. We chose Saturday. Adrian has had a love of trains since age two. He saw a Henry from Thomas and friends and started wailing until I picked the Henry train up. I now know that my son’s favorite color is green. He was probably drawn to that train by it’s color. We bought Henry home that day. Since then Adrian has had a love of all things Thomas. He has a green bin filled with Thomas and friends trains. He owns the movies and watches Thomas on TV and Netflix. I thought this train ride would be the perfect thing for him. He ended up wanting to take to trains with so Duck and Douglas went with us.

We started with breakfast at a place new to him. He did fine. Then we grabbed drinks. The ride is 90 minutes. Then we drove to the station. We got our tickets and we got on car number 3. 3 is Adrian’s favorite number. We picked a seat closest to the entrance and waited 15 minutes for the ride to start. It was nice scenery and we saw cows and horses. Adrian played apps on his iPad and looked out the window once in awhile. Then I heard the train whistle and I thought that might trigger a meltdown. I asked him if he thought Thomas and Percy sounded like that when they “peep” he said “Yeah Momma I think so.” The whistle did not bother him. He enjoyed riding the train.

Jade & Adrian

After we got home Adrian started watching a Thomas video on YouTube. Steve said to me “You think he started watching the video because we rode on a train?” Yep, I sure do. My son maybe a mystery to most but I know what he likes and what he doesn’t. I knew even before he could speak. He will relate what he’s done in his own way and he knows and understands more than any person can probably measure. It’s there intact he just works it all out and shows it to us differently. It is amazing to watch. I hope more people will take them time to in the future….


About The Spectrum Mom

I am mom to two amazing children!! Jade my oldest is ten and Adrian is 7. My life happens to have one beautiful blessing in disguise the chance to be a mom to a child on the Autism Spectrum. Adrian was diagnosed with PDD-NOS on May 28, 2010 shortly after his sixth birthday. Since the start of our lives on the spectrum I have read books, watched numerous programs, found therapists, tried to navigate the public school system and special education. Looked into special diets (Adrian is currently on GFCF and we have seen tremendous improvement) and tried various medicines to help him. In addition to ASD Adrian also is diagnosed with ADHD and a seizure disorder BRE. This blog will mostly be about ASD and my life caring for Adrian.

Posted on August 17, 2012, in Family Life and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Louisa Groenewald

    Our little boy is 6 and was diagnosed with ASD in 2009. He did display some sensory sensitivities to start with. He was terrified and panic stricken just going near an automatic car wash and he would not get into certain vehicles. Car washes dont seem to bother him so much now, and he would get into any car we get into now. But he still avoids big farm machines that he has not come accross before and he still does not like most loud noises. Bizarrely he is absolutely facinated by helicopters and motorcycles and would beg for us to buy him one! Weired!

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