Do you have to drive around to get your asd kid to sleep?
March 14, 2013
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March 14, 2013
My friend sent me this funny video on YouTube today (see below) that really captures what me as an autism dad used to go through. It’s a video for the new Fiat 500L car. It’s a pretty funny 80s New Wave music video spoof about a British father trying to get his screaming twins to sleep while driving & driving & driving in the middle of the night…
It made me think of how far my boy Kyle has come. It made me think of the days a few years back when he was about 5-6 years old, back before the magic of melatonin when we couldn’t get Kyle to sleep, no matter what we tried. So we would get in the car and drive…but not just drive locally…no my boy needed the smoothness of highway driving. So the wife and I would get in the car, sometimes 10-11pm-ish and just drive back & forth on this highway near us…20 minutes north & 20 minutes south until the king was in a deep enough sleep that we could bring him home and carry him to bed. Sometimes I would give the wife a break and go on my own…me exhausted…but with a strong cup of coffee so I wouldn’t fall asleep at the wheel.
Let me hear all your crazy autism related driving to sleep stories! Please share them in the comments below!
The new Fiat 500L is aimed at style-conscious young families who are looking for a car that not only meets their practical needs but also reflects their personality. Significantly larger than the iconic Fiat 500, the Fiat 500L is plenty big enough for a family of five.
Written byFrank Campagna
I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).