Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Afrika! Afrika!

Thank you everyone for your help full suggestions yesterday. Will let you know how it all goes.

I try and make a point of taking C to see a show every time he is home. I have to choose carefully. Yesterdays choice went down really well!

We went to see Afrika! Afrika! at the O2 Arena.

I am not a circus fan, but this show blew my mind! It was adrenalin-pumping! The music was wonderful, and vibrated through the seats, the whole show was very visual which C watched out of the corner of his eye (peripheral vision) he even took his fingers out of his ears! The show kept Cs interest the whole way through which is a first!
This lady on the left made a few people feel sick and they had to run out! You had to see it to believe it!

It was too dark to take any photos in the arena, so i took one of C on the way home - escalator watching.


With all this over stimulation C used to find it too much and would of had a melt down by now. But these days he has found ways to calm himself, when we got home he sat on the loo in the dark for an hour and a half. (I have learnt not to take him to a loo at a show!)

Today I take C back to school, stopping off at the hospital on the way for a 3rd and hopefully final helmet fitting. Unfortunately he hasn't found a way of coping with things like this yet.

56 comments:

Attila The Mom said...

The show sounds fabulous! Hope it comes our way!

Chris H said...

How neat that C found the show so interesting and could watch the whole show without any problems. Hope the helmet comes soon and is a perfect fit for him.

Vi said...

oooo, I should take my boys there! Good luck witht the fitting today. x

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

The show looked fabulous! So pleased to hear it was a huge success with C!!

And all the best for the final helmet fitting. xx

Mima said...

How wonderful that C and you were able to enjoy such a special time together, and to hold his attention all through it must have been brilliant.

Hope that the helmet fitting goes as well as it can, will be thinking about you.

Jen said...

That looks like an amazing show...I'm glad that you both had a good time.

Good luck with the final fitting- I'll be thinking of you!

R.E.H. said...

That show looks like something I would enjoy tremendously. I'm still trying to figure out what is arms, legs and all on that picture up there ;)

Glad you had a good time, and that C enjoyed it too.

Babaloo said...

This show sounds fantastic! And good luck today. It'll be alright.

buffalodickdy said...

Sounds like a successful outing!

Debs said...

So glad that C enjoyed the show so much and best of luck for today with the final helmet fitting.

Niksmom said...

That C enjoyed the show and even took his fingers out of his ears is wonderful and fascinating. Do you suppose it had anything to do with being able to watch all those fast-moving feet? The rhythmic music, the interesting (and in some cases, HIGHLY unusual) things going on around him? In some inexplicable way, might he have felt more at ease with the suspension of "normalcy" around him? Whatever the reason, it is fantastic that he had a good time AND has found ways to calm himself, too. Small steps bespeak great things. :-)

Good luck with the 3rd fitting. I wonder, would he enjoy the soundtrack to a cirque de soleil performance? might he find it soothing in some way? (I always wonder about music since nik responds so immediately to it.)

Elise said...

I'm, so tempted to see Afrika Afrika at the O2. I went there a few days ago to see the Egyption Exhibition and I was just dying to go see the musical. This post has just urged me to go see it.

Glad you had a good time xx

Angela said...

OMG... sounds like he had a fantastic time! Can he teach Xan how to calm himself too? (I know, I have to wait for him to get to that point..LOL)

Good luck at his fitting!!

nitebyrd said...

Wonderful to hear the show was a hit for C and that you enjoyed it as well.

Fingers crossed that this will be the last fitting.

vivavavoom said...

Thst is so great he was able to not get too overloaded by it all. My son has his hands iver his ears for things like this the whole time....movies too. And how cool to see him self regulate, even if it is in a loo for an hour. hey, did you ever do the wilbarger protocol on him when he was younger. it is a brushing and joint manipulation technique. Just curious if others found this helpful wiht my son, it was life changing.

VAB said...

Glad to hear you both had fun. Sounds like C is growing up wonderfully.

Doc said...

I bet that show was amazing... Glad he enjoyed it.

PI said...

I'm so glad you both enjoyed it - in your own ways. I really the hope the helmet works.

Casdok said...

Viva, unfortunalty because of the severity of Cs headbanging has meant no therapist has been able to get near him. He dosnt even like being touched by me which makes such things dressing him an art!

J said...

Did you the hard way learn about not taking C to the loo during a show? Can't imagine what that might have been like. I am glad though that he has learned coping techniques. Meltdowns are stressful for everyone.

Glad C enjoyed Afrika, Afrika and that you had a good time too. It does feel good when we get it right doesn't it?

Hope the helmet fitting goes well.

david mcmahon said...

Thank you for your good wishes. I must Google this show. Great to hear that C took his hands off his ears.

God bless you both

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

The show sounds wonderful! I'm so glad that C really enjoyed it. :-)

I know I've said this before but I truly mean it; C is so lucky to have you for a mother.

Tom Foolery said...

Great show choice. Hope it went OK today. TFX

But Why? said...

I've had this show on my hitlist for a while - after your ringing endorsement, I'm booking tickets this week.

Great to hear C was so engaged.

Teachin' this mommy new tricks! said...

My husband loves those kinds of shows. He saw Cirque de sole....or however you spell it and thought it was great

leslie said...

I so glad for you both that the day was a success. And hoping the final fitting will go well, too. :D

You should check out my post from today - I was thinking of you as I did it - different type of thing, but still living with disability and the stresses it brings.

Angel... said...

This is fantabulous. We want to see Afrika! Afrika! at the O2 Arena.one day.. hopefully soon me and my hubby love to see these kind of shows.. amazing

motherx said...

Sounds like you had a great time! You have given me a good idea! Boys would love that show! Im always at a loss where to take them.

Kahless said...

Hope the helmet fitting went ok.

Ron said...

Howdy Casdok~

It's funny, as you were describing the show, I kept thinking, Cirque du Soleil. And when I clicked on the link, I saw the awesome information!

I have yet to see a show such as this, however when I do, I have a wonderful feeling that I'll LOVE IT!

So glad to hear that you and C had a lovely afternoon.

C sounds a lot like ME...the loo is my favorite spot in my apartment!! There's something very calming about it.

Hope things went well at the hospital today!

teeni said...

It sounds like you had some good quality time together. That show sounds great. I hope C's helmet fitting is the final one. I need to do more research on Autism, myself.

the mother of this lot said...

Glad you both had a great time - hope the fitting went well.

Jim said...

What an adventure you both had and I pray that you both had a great time that this is one of meny to remember.

Sweet Irene said...

I am very happy to hear that this show was such a positive experience for C. It is good that he allowed himself a time out in the loo to work
it all out. Things can get overwhelming sometimes and we all need a little time out to digest things afterwards. I know I always do. I helps if you can do that in a quiet place that is very dim. Good of you to let him.

Angela said...

Oh shows are fun.
Sounds great for the both of you


BTW I tagged you for a food meme maybe you can write about what food kept C on the toilet for so long. I know the bathroom is a great place to escape to.

Flea said...

Hurrah! The escalator looks like fun, too. :)

Preposterous Ponderings said...

Happy to know you both had a super duper time!

Sounds as if it was a pretty cool show.

KC's Blog said...

The show sounded wonderful! Way to go C, great job sitting through the whole show!

MOTHER OF MANY said...

Glad to hear you had such a good time.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Great fun for you both. Amy is fascinated by escalators also. We usually spend the majority of a shopping trip going up and down them.

Crystal xx

frog ponds rock... said...

Yay! I am really pleased that you both enjoyed the show..

cheers kim xxx

DJ Kirkby said...

That show sounded completly amazing and i really really want to go! Good luck with the helmut fitting, I still dont understand how they plan to keep C from just taking the darn thing off?!

Billy said...

Glad he was not overwhelmed. Was this a Cirque d' Soleil production?

Casdok said...

DJ, C isnt unable to undo things, so wouldnt beable to take it off.

Billy, the producer is Matthias Hoffmann.

Moondreamer said...

Casdok, it's so positive to hear how your son has developed his own coping stategies. With reference to your last post: look at how far he has come, you both have come, think about the huge steps you've made in the past, and try not to worry too much ... you have done an amazing job so far!

There's an award for you at mine!

:o)

Stimey said...

That sounds wonderful! Good luck with the helmet fitting.

Joker The Lurcher said...

wow! this show sounds amazing! so glad it was a successful outing for you both.

Patti said...

Hope all went well with the helmet fitting today, Casdok.

take care

Maggie May said...

Glad C had such a lovely time at the circus. Its ages since I went to one!

FXSmom said...

That is exciting that it held his attention the whole time and he handled the overstimulation while he was there. Gives me hope that maybe someday Matty will be able to do it too. I laughed so hard that he sat in the bathroom for an hour and a half. I don't blame him at all. I might have had to too!!

Melissa said...

Wow, that looks like a cool show! I'm glad it went over well. Sitting on the loo in the dark sounds relaxing to me as well. :)

Tanya Brown said...

I just ran across an article in Wired that might interest you:

http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/magazine/16-03/ff_autism

There's a nice discussion about assumptions re: autism and and differences as opposed to dysfunction.

aspiemom said...

I have a terrible secret. I've heard the O2 commercials because

(shhhhhhhh)

I have a bit of a thing for Sean Bean.

The show looks fantastic! And so proud of your son!

Dad Stuff said...

I've done the 'loo in the dark' thing, and it works.
What a great experience for you and C.

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Berludy brilliant that you both had such a good time at the show . . . and C took his fingers out of his ear to listen to it is amazing in itself . . .

Marla said...

Hugs in regards to the third fitting. Always thinking and praying for you and C. You know, the pictures you take of him are beautiful. I always think they are very interesting and have a unique feel to them.