We went out for a lovely walk/play in the snow today. Rather than visit our usual haunts we decided to take the boys to one of the places my husband used to play when he was a boy. It was a good decision as there was no one else around and the boys got the run of the place without mowing anyone else down in the process. As we pulled up in the car J was a bit unsure as he hadn’t seen this place before and he started to make his whimpering noises to let us know he wasn’t too happy. Once we were out though it was a different story. He was off! Our boys love the snow and the outdoors so they were in their element.
My husband brought along his old snow bob and they all took turns to pull each other around on it and slide down the hills. We went for a walk in the snow, threw some snowballs and built a snowman. All great fun. B had on his hat, scarf and gloves and he kept them on throughout our adventure. J however was having none of it. Hats and gloves are restrictive to him and he kept taking them off. The result being freezing cold, very red hands and ears. He doesn’t seem to feel the cold and would happily sit with his hands submerged in icy water or squishing snow. This made me wonder if this is common amongst children with autism. He is hypo-sensitive when it comes to his sense of touch, it turns . I suppose it’s to do with sensory processing and J definitely uses his hands differently from us. It’s like he alters/adapts things to work with his hands and they don’t just work the way ours do. J does this with a lot of things, he just changes the way he uses things. He can still do lots of things in spite of the difficulty he has in using his hands and I find it remarkable to see how he can make things work. He has an amazing talent for making things work in ways I would never have thought of and he is really persistent. He just keeps trying until something does what he wants it to do.
Watching J overcome his difficulties and keep on trying in spite of them makes me really proud. He would build the same tower over and over again if it fell down, pick up the same object many times if he dropped it. His determination to succeed could teach us all a lesson in patience and persistence. Sometimes I wish I had just some of his resolve and determination!
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