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Holiday hell

(7 Posts)
Memeto3boys Thu 14-Apr-16 15:58:51

As a back story I have a 2 years 6 month old who was assessed for autism due to a number of things he under went assessment which came back as saying he was social with adults and he twice said hello to a child and gave them a toy that he was fine socially and that his only issue is speech and that once he goes nursery in January that he will be fine. That was Monday. We left for holiday Monday afternoon to a caravan park. In the caravan he's fine like he always is. Out and about he screams nearly all the time. He doesn't like animals he doesn't like rides he doesn't even like the little arcade rides that barely move. He hates the noise he hates the crowds. He doesn't want to play with people but walking past he will say hello. He didn't want to wear a hat to ride a horse he doesn't like bouncy castles doesn't like ball pits put will play in the little pla6 house as long as no one else goes in. What do I do? How do I help him? Is this normal behaviour or do I need to push on with trying to get him support. At home he's a very quite little boy who's very passive very well behaved and never has a tantrum. It's like I have brought someone else child on holiday. But at home we live a very routine quite life and he never mixes with more than 2-3 children at a time as he can't handle it.

zzzzz Thu 14-Apr-16 16:10:24

I think you just keep going for now. The behaviour you describe could be autism or could be toddler, and as you've just been assessed there's little point in starting again so soon.

PolterGoose Thu 14-Apr-16 17:55:47

I would just focus on doing what he does enjoy. Look for quiet calm activities, ds has always loved old fashioned non-interactive museums, forest walks and quiet beaches. We do most outdoor 'attractions' like zoos in winter, and indoor 'attractions', like his favourite aquarium in Plymouth, in high summer when everyone else is on the beach!

Fairylea Thu 14-Apr-16 18:05:38

I agree with Polter. I would just go with whatever makes him happy. My son is nearly 4 and has asd and learning difficulties and his idea of heaven on a holiday is walking around the caravan site looking at all the road signs (!) or drawing lines in the sand with a stick! Arcades / traditional seaside stuff / anything like that would be very stressful for him so we just don't do it.

If you feel the assessment wasn't right keep pushing for more support and tell them you want further assessments, send your concerns to the people involved in writing and keep a copy for yourself too. Lots of children with asd would struggle with all the situations you've listed but equally a lot of "normal" young children would also struggle with the noise / atmosphere too.

Memeto3boys Thu 14-Apr-16 19:26:32

Thank you for your replies. We just done a little walk round camp site so he can look at all the dust pin points and try to clean them with his bubbles. Going to try sealife centre tomorrow. It's been more difficult has I have 2 more children that I need to consider too.

zzzzz Thu 14-Apr-16 19:47:46

If your other two were very different at the same age I would highlight that to professionals. Mine coped better if he had his pushchair to escape to and a hat/hood to hide under.

Memeto3boys Thu 14-Apr-16 20:02:59

Ones 11 he's autistic but nothing like my 2 year old he didn't struggle no where near as much as my 2 year old does. We have a pram for him he likes to push it which seems to help. My others only 17 months but he loves all the noise he's a little dancer loves all the hustle and bustle.

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