Every child wander’s and every parent has had that moment of panic in a shopping centre or playground when they lose sight of their child. Having a child with autism makes these times a little more frequent and a lot more scarier. This has been more prevalent lately with multiple news stories around the world reporting autistic boys wandering off, getting lost for days and even tragically dying. As soon as Jesse could walk he was wandering.
Trying to help Jesse strengthen his social skills has been a tough one. As an only child with two very busy working parents, it’s hard to find a lot of time to set up play dates. Not to mention that most kids Jesse’s age get tired of Jesse’s demanding and different ways.Jesse likes to dictate what to play and exactly how to play it, which usually ends up being quite a long-winded process that most kids don’t stick around for. So, because of this, the communication difficulty and tendency to meltdown when misunderstood, Jesse usually ends up playing alone.