Sunday, 28 October 2007

Disney On Ice

I enjoy going to the theatre, so over the years I have built up Cs tolerance to going. And the last couple of years he has got really into it.
We started off with shows he could relate to, from his DVD collection, like Thomas the Tank engine, Scooby Doo and Bananas in pyjamas. Etc.

He has since progressed on to shows like The Blue Man group. This is a really great show and C loves it as they don’t speak and is very visual, we have now been 4 times! The other one is Stomp, again no talking!
We get there seconds before the show starts so C doesn’t have to wait and leave just before the end to avoid the crowds.
We sit at the end of the row, in case we have to make a fast escape. I have also learnt it is better to sit at the front. We used to sit at the back, but because people keep turning round to see who is squeaking and flapping they were missing the show! So if we sit at the front, people can watch the show and C! And that way I don’t see everyone staring at us!

Today I took C to see Disney on ice as it featured The Incredibles, another of his favourite DVDs at The Dome in London. Thank you Grandmother of Shrek for a fab birthday present for C x
Here is our day





C adores going on tube trains, and really loves seeing the tube train emerge from the tunnel. As you can see he was in a flapping frenzy! And doing his Tarzan chest beating impersonations.







Here is C outside The Dome, he didnt want to stand still so was pinching himself. Sorry C.











Here we are at the rink side, we had a great view. For the first half C did his ostrich impression. Kept putting his head between his ankles (yes ankles) and every now and again would pop up and have a look round and then down he would go.

He watched more of the second half out of the corner of his eye!







We had a wander round the inside of The Dome, it is enormous and had lots of escalators which C loved! So lots of happy headbanging.

So all in all a great day!

Thanks C for taking me! x

46 comments:

her indoors said...

you have done a great job with taking C out to shows, something you can both enjoy how wonderful, and i love Disney on Ice

DJ Kirkby said...

What a special day. I bet he remembers that forever.

vivavavoom said...

great blog!
my son has a sensory integrative issue and cognitive delays so I find your adventures with autism fascinating. Loud noises and unpredictability really freak my son out. There are such various degrees with all this. My son did so well with the Wilbarger (brushing) protocol, but some kids cannot. He cannot do gentle touch, just strong hugging, etc. And has his hands over his ears for the start and most of every movie....although he loves to go.
Sounds like you both had a memorable day. You are a great mom.

Elissa said...

What an exciting day - you both obviously had a wonderful time! Days like this are always very memorable!
xx

Crystal Jigsaw said...

How lovely, Casdok. You must be really happy when you see him enjoying himself. Thanks for sharing the photo's with us.

Crystal xx

Amanda said...

that looked like fun! think C and my kids have very similiar interests-

I hope I can take my Pete to shows some day!

Casdok said...

Im sure you will, i started when C was quite young, it wasnt always successful, but i persivered, and im glad i did.

Linda and her Surroundings said...

You really, really are such a good mother to your boy. So patient and wanting the best for him despite how hard I am sure it could be for you and him at times. I do hope you allow yourself to feel the goodness of what you do.

Suzy said...

It is so great to see you and C get out and enjoy the experiences around you.
So much for C to think about!!!!

Wonderful gift for the both of you.

Love,
Suzy

Casdok said...

Yes, he is very quiet today, i think it takes time for him to process it all.

buffalodickdy said...

It's always a plus when the trip is as good as the destination!

Suffolkmum said...

It sounds like a great day for you both. Have just been catching up on a few of your more recent blogs - I confess I haven't read all the comments on your head-banging one, but I was wondering - could he be provided with a 'safe' place to head bang, e.g a section of padded wall or something? It's probably a stupid idea, I'm sure you will have thought of everything, and I expect he gets some satisfaction from the hard impact, but it was just a thought.

Casdok said...

Suffolkmum, thank you for the thought. His bedroom is completely padded. If he cant get to walls or glass he will use the floor, or his knees.
Hense why this is a difficult problem :(

Phil Plasma said...

It sounds like you helped C have a terrific day.

I've seen both Stomp and Blue Man Group and your post makes me appreciate how these shows can be easier to take for C than some other shows.

Jade said...

So glad to hear that your outing went well. You deserve kudos for all the effort you put out to make sure C has a "normal" adolescents.

country girl said...

I read your blog nearly every day and am so happy that you love your son so much when many people would have given up on him. I didn't know anything about autism until I started reading your blog. Thank you for the good lessons. I'll keep visiting.

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

What a fab day you had. I've never been to the dome. Might have to take my boys there!

Holly said...

What a great time! Happy birthday.

Christy said...

I'm glad the two of you were able to go out and enjoy the show. I'm glad to know C was happy and did manage some peeks at the ice. =o)

Posie Rosie said...

Isn't it brilliant that you and C know how to have the best of days together,it is so sad that some youngsters never get this quality time or love from their parents.
I am not sure what the solution to the head banging would be, unless there were some other form of movement distraction, but I am sure you have tried all sorts, good luck.

dawn said...

That is so fantastic. I am a broadway(musicals) freak myself. You are such a great mom!!!

BBC said...

Very interesting, thank you for sharing that with us.

I like live performances, we have a nice play house here.

Pavel said...

That is so very awesome! I can so relate and I've even had my boy involved in Local Theatre guild shows and he has no trouble remembering the lines.

C looks like he enjoyed it! I took my kid to see stomp too and it was a hit!

You are such a great mom, you know. You probably need to hear that at least once a day.

Sara said...

Thats awesome that you guys had a good time! Thanks for the pictures! I notice that he plugs his ears as well...this action creates pressure in the head and can often be along the same line of stimulation as head banging...(though obviously lesser) it can also be because they don't like loud noises, or like the sound of things muffled. N does this too and as both your C and N head bang..I wonder if there is a corrilation. hmmm. Anyway, glad you had such a good day!

Casdok said...

Yes hmmmm, interesting, hadnt heard about the creating pressure in the head before.
Thank you.

Helen said...

It is so great that you found something you can indeed enjoy TOGETHER!

Head between the ANKLES :-) ... wow, I think if I ever tried that, I would never be able to stand straight up again *lol*

LittleBrownDog said...

You sound like a great mum - he obviously enjoyed his day.

Sara said...

hmmm wouldn't really know where to look to find information about pressure. When I started with N that was the first thing I noticed him doing. So I put my fingers in my ears like he did to see what it felt like and mabye what the reason for him doing it was. I noticed right away that if i did it "correctly" A. the sounds were muffled, which I thought he might be liking. and B. that it created suction, and pressure on my brain. So I came to the conclution because of trying it, didn't read it anywhere. Maybe I'm making connections where there are none, but with autism any strand is worth a look, eh?

Casdok said...

Thank you Sara, yes it is worth a look!

Cowgirl said...

what a wonderful day out for you both, C seems to be enjoying it all immensely, where as I would be overcome by all the busy-ness around me! The shows sound great, and sitting up front, with everyone else behind - top idea! xxx

The Glasers said...

Disney on Ice sounds like a blast! I love the way C protects his ears. My daughter plugs her ears when it's loud too (which any thinking person bothered by noise would do). She also does it when walking through the dining room--she told me once that dragons live there! :-)

Tammy

Ms.L said...

Aww what a great day!!

vic said...

What a fabulous day. You must get a great deal of pleasure from seeing C enjoy himself.

vic said...

What a fabulous day. You must get a great deal of pleasure from seeing C enjoy himself.

Lady in red said...

looks like you had a great time both of you :-)

lampworkbeader said...

It sounds like a terrific day. You should be very proud of what you do and how you do it.

Pixie said...

what shines, no glows through this post is the love you have for C. He is so lucky to have you.
pxx

Jodi said...

How fun! It sounds like a great day.

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I'm glad you two had a great day.

Get Off My Lawn! said...

Sounds like a great day!

Marla Fauchier Baltes said...

Sounds like an awesome date. I love the pictures you included.

BostonPobble said...

YAY for a great day! I love Blue Man and The Incredibles, too. C's got great taste.

Dad Stuff said...

Great job getting C to something he enjoys.

Eileen said...

Looks like so much fun, for both of you. I love how in tune you are to him and his needs, you don't seem to miss a beat. What a mom you are! He is one handsome young man! I am so glad he is enjoying the shows and the other fun parts in the day!

Elizabeth McClung said...

Thanks, it was very intereresting the choices and smart too - I would have never thought of the Blue Man - but it does seem a good fit - I am glad C is as trusting as you are proactive.

violet_yoshi said...

I have heard that Auties, and in particular non-verbal Auties like The Blue Man Group because they can relate to the characters.