I've recently recognized a theme that runs through many of the blogs of parents of children on the autism spectrum. It seems that our kids seem to be drawn to water. It is certainly true of Bud. We spend lots of time at a nearby lake, where he splashes and bobs and floats for as long as we'll let him. Today we spent the day at the ocean, and for Bud the experience was lake- times-ten. He exuded joy from every pore as he jumped the waves and submerged himself in the cold Atlantic waters. The beach was packed today; there were kids everywhere. I watched the other children. They had fun. But they didn't seem to be having the same sort of experience as Bud. For Bud, being in the ocean is like coming home; in the water he is, quite literally, in his element. I've seen similar sentiments written by lots of parents of ASD kids.
Intuitively I think there must be something to this - something that is also related to the fact that our kids appear to be some sort of human barometer. As Charlie's mom says, there is a great research project here just begging to be done.