Friday, July 22, 2005

Water-based boy

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.

4 comments:

JL said...

http://www.radicalpsychologytv.org/autism.html

I thought this was interesting.

Kristina Chew said...

Yes, Charlie, like Bud, is totally "in his element" in the water. His moves are fluid, he seems to talk and listen a bit better, he's at ease yet alert. We head to the beach tomorrow!
I'm thinking there must be some connection with the barometer's falling and rising.....

kcubed said...

Firstly, my wife and I enjoy reading your blog. It helps to relate to stories about similiar children and to often times "compare" days, events, episodes, etc. Thank you for sharing your stories.

Our son, Kamden, was diagnosed PDD-NOS a few months ago. He too is drawn to the water and loves his time at the pool, etc. It's been a while since we have been to the beach but last time we were there he loved it. He does however have issues with sand and similiar textures on his feet. I think we should start petitioning our insurance companies to pay the cost of installing swimming pools in our backyards!

Gretchen said...

This is an interesting theory. This summer we visited a lake in Northern Michigan, and I was so suprised at all the new things Henry (5, PDD-NOS) tried without argument. At home, the only thing that will get him out of the house is a walk to the library, or sometimes the playground. But on vacation he swam in the lake, rode on the (LOUD) old boat and even went sailing with daddy. I guess we'll stick with the swimming lessons.