It’s almost as if my son doesn’t feel pain. He doesn’t cry much if he falls down or the dog bites him or he skins his elbow.
Last year we were at a function for his school and there were bounce houses and all that fun stuff. William L-O-V-E-S bounce houses and so he was off and jumping when he saw those. A few hours later one of his therapists asked if he had hurt his foot.
“Why?” We asked…
Well apparently he was limping around. So we got closer to him and he HAD A SAFETY PIN STUCK IN THE BOTTOM OF HIS FOOT!
Uhh yeah, that’s right…a safety pin! He was just going along, not crying, still bouncing…YIKES!
William also loves the monkey bars. He is amazing at them…it’s so cool to see how he’s progressed…first I had to hold him, then he would only do a few bars, now he goes back-and-forth, back-and-forth.
Last night I noticed he was looking at his hand…I went to him, asked if he were in pain and he said “Yes” and I looked at his hand. It had two huge blisters and was pretty raw…he didn’t cry, didn’t tell us and more importantly–he was continuing on the monkey bars.
So it got me thinking…does having autism hurt? I know there are sensory issues with children so that pain doesn’t register with them like a “typical” child…but it’s pretty amazing.
It got me thinking about what other Super Human feats of strength those on the spectrum might have that us mere mortals don’t. I know he can jump on the mini-trampoline longer than any other 6-year-old in the history of the world!
We have friends whose children will cry at the drop of a hat…William will fall down, say “uh-oh…it’s a boo-boo” and then keep on going.
Does anyone else have this experience?