⚽️ New Experiences ⚽️ #IAmMe
Dylan has found a new love 💘. Watching Football. This doesn't really surprise me as he has always loved watching balls being kicked about, catching them, throwing them and simply enjoying the rolling motion of them moving. What has surprised me is how well he has tackled ( excuse the pun! ) the obvious sensory challenges that go hand in hand with being on the spectrum and going to an event which can overstimulate all the senses.
He first went with Mr T back in the summer to watch a friendly match which was naturally quieter and better for Dyls first experience of a football ground. He loved it. He wore his ear defenders initially but wanted to take them off after the first half hour , he then was happy to just wear his hat which helps him hugely with sensory overload. By half time he was distracted by the numbers on the players shirts and on the seats, he was getting fractious and wanted to go. ⭐It was a big deal and we were all mega proud of him!! ⭐
This winter Dyl has been twice to see actual games and he is has LOVED it!! Each time he's stayed for the entire duration of the game, joined in with singing, cheered along off his own back and even committed to buying a York City F.C scarf and hat ... so it's the real deal 💥⚽️💥!!
Mr T described it as 'Dyl was at home there' 💜. Naturally at times he did find it overwhelming and his usual indicators of this became apparent; blinking frequently, staring off and ticking a little but he really loved it and he's made it very clear how much he wants to keep going. We find he is much more 'buzzy', emotional and sensory immediately afterwards and the next day, meaning it takes him a while to come down from it all and we need to plan the next few days afters carefully, but I can't express just how proud we are of how amazing Dylan is at 1/ Self regulating and learning to understand his needs/self & 2/ Being brave and always trying new things despite his (and our) occasional anxieties. ⭐
We feel so grateful to be Dyls parents. He teaches us so much about himself, the world and ourselves ... and we couldn't be more prouder of the sweet, kind and beautiful soul he is. 💜
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