The boys' kindergarten class is taking a field trip next week to the Children's Museum. They have never been there, mainly because I have never been there when it wasn't a madhouse.
The teachers left it up to me whether the boys attend. The two other kids with autism who are in the class aren't going. If the boys go, they’ll have one attendant with them and they suggested I go along as well, and I say Um, Thank You, I’d suggest that too! What is that one attendant going to do when they run off in opposite directions?
So my knee-jerk reaction was to say no way. I didn't want to take them out of their routine. And I can’t picture them at the Children’s Museum. I just can’t. All those kids running around like maniacs, all that noise and bright lights….
Actually, I think AJ would like it. He’d get over-stimulated after awhile but he’d have a great time. Zack on the other hand, would get over-stimulated in about 8 seconds. And then he’ll do that scream. That scream that makes everyone stop what they are doing and look over at him.
So I was leaning toward saying no, but I asked the people on the Fragile X listserv for their sage advice, and got probably 40 responses, every single one of which said GO!
And I asked one of our ABA therapists what she thought and she reminded me to ask myself:
WHAT WOULD TEMPLE GRANDIN DO?
She would say GO!
So I think we’re going to go. It's next Wednesday. God help us.
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