Wednesday was a fairly quiet day. Nothing much of note happened, which is why I chose to talk about Jack’s social story and how important they are. Today I wanted to approach the subject of autistic people going to concerts or other types of live performance. But first I haven’t yet mentioned that on Tuesday Lily went to the opticians. She will be getting glasses on Friday .
She is really excited about wearing glasses. I’m not really sure why, but I’m not going to spoil that excitement for. Her eyesight isn’t particularly bad, but it could be the cause of the constant headaches she is getting. So that’s what they are for.
Jack wants to go to a concert
On the way to school Jack listens to the radio station Capital FM in his taxi. He now loves talking about Capital, especially the presenter Roman Kemp. Who is on every morning for the drive to school.
Jack told us that he wants to go to Capitals Jingle Bell Ball this year. He has never expressed an interest in going to any sort of concert before. So it came out of the blue. But he has been getting a lot more interested in music the past year. So it perhaps shouldn’t have been a big surprise. Previously Jack expressed interest in going to a WWE show, but his interest in wrestling has faded.
We are always of the mindset, that we will give Jack and Lily every opportunity to do the things that they want to do. So we told him we can look into it. To be honest, I know absolutely nothing about this concert. Until Jack recently started requesting it whilst in the car. It wasn’t a radio station I ever listened to. So I will have to do my research on it.
One concern I have about taking Jack came up straight away. When Jack said he will get to meet Roman Kemp. We had to tell him that you don’t get to go and talk to the performers, when you go to a concert. He said ok, but I’m not sure he understood and I think he’s still expecting to be able to meet him. So we’d have to work on that, before deciding to go to any sort of concert.
Something we can all do
It’s something Lily would really enjoy too, so it’s definitely something for us to look into. Something that we could do as a family. Which would be nice. We often take Lily to things when Jack is at rest-bite because Jack doesn’t want to go. I think knowing Lily is doing things that he’s not, is encouraging Jack to not want to miss out. Which I guess is good, because I don’t want him to miss out on things either. We just have to make sure it’s done the right way, so Jack can cope and enjoy these things.
Jack being in a large crowd worries me, but we’ve never tried anything like it before. So we don’t really know how he’d be. Starting off going to some sort of small concert might be a way to start? I really don’t know how it would go. I’m looking for peoples experiences of autistic people going to concerts. Has anyone taken an autistic child to a concert? Or if you’re autistic yourself and go to concerts any advice would be greatly appreciated. So we can plan making this a possibility for Jack. Thanks.