My child is an only child and has autism.

Jill - posted on 05/30/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a autistic boy who is 6 yrs. old now. He is verbal and very active. He tends to do a lot of outbursts that are very difficult to keep under control. He is compulsive and of course the world revolves around him. We are older parents, I and my husband are in our mid forty's. Is there anyone out there in our circumstances? I try very hard to make play dates for him because he wants to be around other kids all the time.

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Ashley - posted on 06/02/2010

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My daughter is almost three now and has autism..she has outbursts all the time and playdates are horrible.. I started taking her to empty parks and letting her get used to the toys and everything..then I would take her back when there was one or two kids there and over a 6 month period she is able to go to any park and watch the children and sometimes go down a slide after them and smile.. it takes alot of work and I did this everyday..I still do it because you never know one day she might try to make a friend..My daughter is to young for the camps but when she is old enough I am definitely going to take her there..i have read everything about them and they are great!

Judi - posted on 05/31/2010

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My son who is now 4 is an only child and this is what we do: Parks, creche at the gym, be a kid yourself - if you find this hard then try using a glove puppet to be the playmate, social camp at the OT in school holidays.

Lisa - posted on 05/31/2010

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Try camps for special needs children. I'm not sure where you live, but my daughter has been to Camp C.A.M.P. (campcamp.org) we live in TX. They have awesome week-long summer camps. My son was able to go with her the first couple of times in case she got homesick, but she was just fine; once as a sibling camper & once as a volunteer. Maybe you have an older, cousin or neice or nephew---or you or your husband may volunteer. But they don't recommend parents, because your child will probably cling to you the whole week. It's 99 volunteer hours for kids wanting for college resumes. They have medical staff on board, an infirmary, pool, canoes, archery, singing, games, horseback riding: everything kids want to do! During the year they host "parents' night outs" and respite weekends or days where kids can play with kids and you can get a little break. If a kid acts kinda weird or has an outburst or talks to an imaginary friend--you know what I'm talking about, because sometimes they do--it's ok because they all have Autism and nobody sees it as "weird"! If you live in TX, I highly recommend it. If not, look into those in your area.

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