Both of my monkeys go to therapeutic riding on saturday at (gasp) 9 am we have to leave shortly after 8am to get their early. I have to get up at 6:30 (cry). Just kidding, its worth it. Horseback riding helps with balance and muscle-tone and self-esteem. I guess controlling and bonding with a large animal can make you feel good? I have never had the opportunity to ride horses so I am only guessing why it helps the self-esteem. Tomorrow evening we are going to a Christmas dinner at my parents church plus Christmas caroling etc. Free turkey and the fact that I have friends that attend my parents church make it fun for me. Oh, yeah and the fact that their wonderful uncle will run off with them after dinner is a definite bonus.
Unlike a lot of autistic children my kids deal pretty well with crowded situations and being out. They do get restless and want to run around after a short time and don't like it if it is REALLY noisy. I don't like to brag but I think it is largely due to the fact that I always took them out and didn't avoid those hard situations. Granted sometimes they would meltdown when they got home but they slowly got acclimatized and seemed to enjoy the fairs, parades etc while we were there . There was some meltdown out in public but you deal with it and go home. Don't get me wrong, I'm not an ogre if my kids got overwhelmed I would leave the area. Also my kids were 6 almost 7(child #1) and 8(child #2) when they were diagnosed so I didn't know I wasn't "supposed" to take them out in those type of situations. lol
My children have sensory issues. Child #1 has all of them although they are not as apparent anymore and I don't know exactly how many child #2 has but I know he is sensitive to loud noises and touch.
Oh, yeah, now that I've got my own blogspot child #1 shall be called Billy bob and child #2 shall be called Johnboy. Not kidding they really need nicknames lol.