I watched this video on what it's like for autistic kids dealing with everyday things, like taking a showe, how thats a struggle. And it is. When I try to help him wash his hair, he screams. The sensory overload of the shower is too much at times. But he's too big for the tub and doesn't fit. And the video talked about how it takes them longer to learn to ride their bikes, when all their friends can, and they can't. I burst into tears at that point. So I bought him a scooter. His friends had a scooter too, so I thought at least he can scoot around with them and not be left out. That worked till yesterday.
We have a dirt road near our neighborhood that is fun to walk on. Yesterday his buddy Haakon was going on a bike ride with his family and invited tristan to go on the first road with them. I asked Tristan if they were scootering or biking. I knew you couldn't take a scooter on there easily. He said bike, so I told him he couldn't go unless he road his bike. He wanted to try right then and there. So we did.
It took him one time in the grass. He peddled and was off, all on his own. Then we tried on the road, and off he went. I was so happy for him. He was so happy. His friends were so happy for him! He just decided he wanted to, finally had the confidence, and off he went.
It's funny what joy this brings me. A little milestone that seemed like a mountain for us. He can do it! He can ride his bike. He is a little more Tristan and a little less, Tristan who is autistic and has trouble. It's not that it is a bad thing to be autistic, but when I see the heart break and stress it causes him when he wants to be like his friends, it's moments like this that I can breath. He did it! He road his bike!
I have a video, but it won't let me add it to the blog.