Anyone else feel like they are on a permanent rollercoaster!? Here’s all the aspects we would need to incorporate into a design if we had to build our own…
The Good Bits (the bits that make you scream happily, and make your tummy do butterflies!)
1. The Monster is the happiest kid I’ve ever seen.
2. We celebrate the small things.
3. He appears to be completely oblivious to any negativity.
4. He never fails to make us laugh daily.
5. He spreads autism awareness most places he goes!
6. He brings the good out in people.
7. He adapts well to most things.
8. He will randomly do something that will make you burst with pride.
8. On a good day everyone enjoys his company.
9. He can be super loving and cuddly.
10. He can nearly always communicate his needs in one way or another.
The Bad Bits (the bits where your heart pounds and you’re scared / apprehensive about what’s coming next!)
1. Disciplining The Monster is virtually impossible.
2. If you like sleep, you’re screwed!
3. “I know a song that’ll get on your nerves, get on your nerves, get on your nerves. I know a song that’ll get on you’re nerves. Get. Get. Get on your nerves”. AND REPEAT….
The Ugly Bits (the part of the ride you dread, but you know you have to go through it to get to the good bits!)
1. It’s all just a waiting game. Nobody can give answers about how he will develop.
2. There is a constant battle against the system to get him the support he needs.
3. We still live in a judgmental world, there is a lack of awareness / acceptance and empathy for special needs.
Our ride would have lots of ups and downs, loop the loops and it would be loud and unapologetic. You would keep coming back to ride it over and over because there are a whole lotta good bits going on that by far outweigh anything else, even if at times it doesn’t feel like it.