Friday, October 30, 2009

Photo Essay: Anxiety, a Parade, and a Cannon

My 11-year-old son with autism loves parades, but fears loud sounds which hurt his super-sensitive ears. Here he needed a little help from his dad "locking down his ears" (which were also protected with ear plugs) when Central Michigan Univerity's ROTC unit went by with their cannon. They fire it whenever our football team scores. The mere sight of it causes my son to have extreme anxiety.
We were glad that all the noisemakers (the cannon, police cars, and fire trucks) went by right away so we could all relax. (He did love the CMU band, which went by just before the ROTC group did.)

Unpredictable dogs (with their tendency to bark and jump up on people) have also been a source of anxiety for C1. However he did Ok around my friend's dog here and did not need me nor my husband to help calm him. He was able to sit calmly for most of the parade.


My was relaxed and happy for most of the outing. This was taken before the parade began. He was just as happy and calm at the end.
Note: My son's attitude has improved over last year when he was rooting for strong defense from the wrong team so that the cannon would not be fired. This year he's been cheering for CMU even though it is not uncommon for them to score 40 0r more points per home game. (That means a lot of cannon shots!!!) I had to take him home early during the first home game this year, but he bravely sat through the next two victorious home games. We are proud of him! : )

4 comments:

Corrie Howe said...

These are great pictures. I can totally relate to the entire story. Ditto.

Casdok said...

Well done young man!

- autism abroad - said...

I really enjoy reading your blog and hearing your story. You and parents like yourself are an inspiration!

sherry said...

I HAD TEARS IN MY EYES WHEN I SEEN THE PICS & READ THE STORY. MY SON ALSO HAS AUTISM, WE HAVE TO HOLD HIS EARS WHEN EVER THERE IS LOUD NOISES, ESPECIALLY FIREWORKS! MY SON IS 15 NOW.