One day Child X was chasing his siblings whilst riding his bicycle. He was pretending to crash into them as they laughed and ran away.
My Little Nut was stood there looking at the bicycle wheels. Child X cheekily said to Little Nut that he was going after him next.
Child X : “I’m going to run you over with my bike!”.
Little Nut had a neutral expression on his face. Child X was directly in front of him. Little Nut looked at the bicycle, then in the opposite direction and finally up at the sky.
Child X carried on with a smile on his face screaming and charging towards Little Nut. He got as close as he possibly could and Little Nut just stood there looking up at the sky.
Child X: “Wow , my siblings all run away when I play this game with them”
He continued to tell me that my Little Nut must be “Very brave”.
Many parents and carers (including myself ) report that their child with autism has a lack of danger awareness. There are a number of factors as to why. It’s usually around having under or over sensitive senses, balance and body awareness.
Some things are just not identified as dangerous to our children, but it can be taught (that’s a whole different conversation I know! ).
I’ve quickly learnt that my Little Nut doesn’t naturally avoid what most children consider to be dangerous or scary. He will literally stare in the face of danger.
Read more about our Autism journey here