There is a city pool right near my house that offers a free swim for special needs kids each week. On Monday evenings we get to swim for free with other families of special needs kids. It is fabulous for us because there are only about dozen people there so there is little stimulation for Dustin to get him all riled up. We also don't have to worry about his behaviors too much and we are not looked at like horrible people for having a really tall kid that acts like a 5 year old. Not only do the other families expect behavior like his, but so do the lifeguards. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this swim night. It is good for the littles as well since we can swim as a family and everyone has a good time together.
This pool has a fabulous slide. Usually you cannot go down with kids on your lap or catch your kids at the bottom. But, during "special needs swim" you can do both. Last year Harrison was very fearful of the slide and wouldn't do it. Tonight I finally bribed him to go down with me, then he let me catch him like I do McCartney. Finally he wanted to try it himself, not to be outdone McCartney wanted to do it alone too. They did it! (like 100 times!)
Some days I wave.
15 hours ago