Back story #1
A lot of kids with autism fall apart when their routine changes. Random days off from school, breaks over the holidays, the actual holidays, summer vacation… The very thing that many kids yearn for is the same thing that can send autistic kids’ anxiety levels through the roof. The lack of structure, of sameness, can be very unsettling for them.
Not Dude. Dude THRIVES when we go on vacation. He eats better, he sleeps better, he’s just an all-around happy guy. He had a constant grin plastered on his face during our annual trip several weeks ago. We count our lucky stars that he loves the beach. The rest of our beach loving family would have been devastated if he didn’t.
Back story #2
Typically, Dude is an early riser. It isn’t unusual for him to be up humming to himself and looking through circulars at 5am.
A few days into our vacation, Dude slept late.
The clocked ticked past 8am, 8:30am, 9am, 9:30am.
As 10am approached, Dad opened the door and attempted to coax Dude awake. Dude fought to open his eyes and kind of grumbled in Dad’s general direction.
We figured we’d leave him alone a bit longer, to allow him to slowly wake up.
Fifteen minutes later, Dad poked his head in again.
“Dude,” he asked. “You ready for some breakfast?”
Dude was laying on his back, snuggled in among the pillows.
He abruptly sat up, swung his legs over the side of the bed, turned to Dad, and said, “WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?!”
Like you do.