Adventures in Autism: Exploring Southern Utah
We had a fun long weekend exploring southern Utah. I love the beautiful sights and am thankful to God for eyes to see the beautiful world around me, legs to walk and explore, and family to walk with me.
Doing any hiking with our son Nathan who has low-functioning autism is always challenging. We have to explain to him that we are only going to do “little” hikes, and then not pick anything over a mile or two. He kind of runs out of patience with us if we push him too far and then none of us can hike.
One of our key blessings that makes all this possible is Nathan’s iPad, which he totes along as we hike. I am so thankful for this device! With it he usually comes along pretty happily. Without it I don’t think he would have lasted a single hike.
Now, if the terrain is more rough, I do take his iPad away for a moment so he doesn’t trip or hurt himself. Then I return it to him when the trail evens out.
I’m feeling happy and blessed for a fun filled weekend exploring Utah–even with children on the autism spectrum.