Change of seasons!

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Change of seasons!
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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 5:48am

We are coming into proper spring now, with some sunshine and noticeably warmer weather. But I *cannot* get Euan to adjust to this at all. He insists on wearing his full parka coat, full school uniform and hiking boots to school, because (to be fair) only a couple of weeks ago it was still raining/sleeting and he needed them. But this means that he is *too hot* and so spends ages taking various things off, and then of course leaving them behind in the playground etc. If I try to send him without a jumper/coat then we have several meltdowns about the possibility of a slight breeze leading to hyperthermia. I'm just really tired of this discussion, and at the moment I cannot summon up the strength to take him shopping for an 'acceptable' summer jacket (because this would be an all day event involving several public meltdowns. I know this makes me a Bad Mother, particularly in the eyes of other parents who don't really understand why I cannot make my extremely intelligent 11 year old son dress appropriately. These parents need to find me a store that stocks jackets-with-hoods-that-are-light-but-water[proof-and-have-no-labels-and-no-logos-and-no-scratchy-collars-and-no-buttons-on-the-sleeve-and-have-inside-pockets-for-torches-and-maps-and-binoculars-and-do-not-cost-my-entire-month's-housekeeping-money and that are within a 5 minute drive with a science-fiction or map-related bookstore next door and THEN they can start being sniffy!).


And do not get me started on summer shoes!!


Sorry, just had to vent about this somewhere where people will 'get' this without thinking me mad...!!


Kirsty, mum to Euan (11, Aspergers Syndrome) Rohan (7, NT) and Maeve (4, NT)

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Registered: 02-28-2008
Thu, 06-03-2010 - 3:56pm

{{Kirsty}}

I have a big, knowing grin on my face right now. Your description is SO right on that it makes me laugh in that rueful sort of way. They are pieces of work, aren't they? Change just discombobulates them to pieces.

I have no words of wisdom for you. Just tons of respect and empathy.

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 06-03-2010 - 4:39pm

I don't know if this would work for your or not but I'll mention it because it helped some kids I know.


Make a chart showing weather conditions and temperature (or a range of temperatures)

                                

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Registered: 02-06-2009
Thu, 06-03-2010 - 5:39pm

LOL! Sounds too familiar! I have to convince my ds9 to change into more appropriate clothes.

We went to the beach when it was finally warm for a bit the other week, and he was dressed for winter. I had him leave his coat and shoes at home and wear sandals. It finally clicked when we were there that we were AT THE BEACH on a hot day! SO he rolled up his pants. There was no convincing him of shorts at home lol. I always show him the weather forecast online, but he sometimes says that it's "not the temperature of our precise location". But it does help to look. I also show him what everyone else is wearing- "See your sisters aren't wearing coats."

I have totally been there done that.

At night he still sleeps with all his blankets from winter, but I don't fight that.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 06-04-2010 - 10:02am

Ok it is so nice to know I am not alone with this.

Susan, mom to Sam 11 and Connor 9
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Fri, 06-04-2010 - 9:43pm

son would only wear his new sneakers if he had a newer pair sitting in his closet.

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Sat, 06-05-2010 - 9:22pm

Well I relate, but we are the opposite. DS hates to overheat in any way and would go without a coat in a blizzard if he could have his way! He has gone to school several chilly days this Spring in shorts and a T because "it was Spring" and he couldn't be convinced to put on long pants, which he doesn't like to ever wear anyways. He also has the tag, scratchy fabric sensory aversion and fortunately he goes to an autism school where wearing soft comfortable fabrics is the norm. The school does insist on sneakers because of gym, etc. or he would wear his croc sandals without socks every day as well. But he would like to wear those in the winter snows if he could, I just won't let him!

In his defense, I will say that he doesn't ever seem to get cold, except for in extreme circumstances. I will be chilly and he, in shorts and T, is comfortable.