Music Monday: Through My Eyes

My amazing 7 year old son is Autistic. As he's gotten older some of his "quirks" have gotten "quirker." I am often his voice as he can't explain how he is feeling or thinking. Sunday we went to a sold-out Rays baseball game. It was loud, very loud. It was crowded, very crowded with over 30,000 people in attendance. Fans screaming, cowbells ringing; it was sensory overload for my au-some little dude. There was no place for him to escape from the noise. After he tucked himself in to a modified fetal position I knew it was time to go.

It's so hard for people to understand what he must go through. I'll NEVER forget when he was 4 years old and he told me "mama, my brain feels like it's on fire." It was at that moment that I understood that when he's going through sensory overload he's in PAIN! I do every thing I can to try to avoid situations that might be painful for him. We've been to Rays games before and haven't had an issue, but we've never been to a sold-out game, and I didn't even know it was sold-out until we arrived. Had I known in advance I would not have taken him.  I'm sorry for that little buddy. Cry
For Ronin and all children (and adults) who live with Autism, I play for you today "Through My Eyes" by Scott James.
See the world through my eyes
It changes shape and it changes size
It's not quite the world you see
If you could find a way to look around inside my mind
Maybe you would understand me
I'm not blind, but I can't always see
I'm not deaf, but things can sound strange to me
I'm not trapped, but it's hard to feel free
Imagine what it's like to be me
Imagine what it's like to be me
It's hard for me to try to think things through or talk like you
Everything can be a blur sometimes
But if you walk along beside me, hold my hand and guide me
Together any mountain we can climb
I'm dreaming of my future and it's brighter than you know
I'll get there on a different road when I am ready to go
I don't need pity, I don't need tears
I just need someone to help me understand my fears
Tell me you believe in me, let me know that i'm OK
Help me feel safe in the world, and I will find my way
Imagine what it's like
Imagine seeing the world Through My Eyes

I love you, Ronin! XOXO

As an adult how do YOU handle sensory overload?

Comments (5) -

  • I've been to a few Rays games and it's sensory overload for me.  I can't even imagine what/how Ronin felt.  Poor guy!  I would reach out to the Rays and sure your feedback.  They may accommodate your family and work with you to ensure a better experience.
  • As an introvert, I have serious issues with noisy, busy places too. My husband knows that it is time to leave when I start getting cranky.
  • Such a beautiful song for a beautiful boy! WE <3 Ronin too!
  • As a 6th grade science teacher for special needs students, I have had the pleasure in working with many students with some sort of autism. I had an au-some student last year who responded the same way Ronin did at the Rays game. Excessive noise or excitement was just too much for him to handle. He was on my Robotics team, and even the noise from the motors was sometimes too much. I tried a lot of different strategies for him (and others) in my classroom like dim lighting, comfy spots to sit and work in the classroom, music and more. But the best strategy that we discovered for that one student was an iPod, earphones and weather radio. I know, I know, but he had this amazing interest in weather, and the tides, and listening to the monotone voice of weather radio was very soothing and he was able to sit and listen to it while doing his independent work, or when he was over stimulated and needed something to just focus on. I agree, it can be such a challenge diving into the minds of autistic children, but once we're there, and we understand them and can tap into their strengths and interests, we can begin to really make a difference in their lives! I'm hoping I helped mold a future meteorologist within that student last year! Laughing
  • I dislike loud noises too - they can be intimidating and I know going to a ballgame scares my youngest a bit with all the noises and music - but I can't imagine how that is for your son.
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