Super Bowl Sunday and #Autism

Since I’ve been married I haven’t really followed professional sports.  It’s not that I don’t want to,  it’s just I have other things to worry about.

We also got rid of cable a few years ago,  so I couldn’t watch them,  even if I wanted to.

Having said that,  I do enjoy the Super Bowl,  especially the commercials.

The problem is that,  while my kids enjoy the festivities of Super Bowl Sunday,  it’s one of the absolute worse things I could allow them to partake in.

Can you say,  sensory overload?

The big screen TV,  the flashing lights,  screaming and cheering all contribute to a nightmarish amount of sensory input.

The boys would have fun while in the moment,  however,  they would reach a threshold very quickly and things would take a drastic turn for the worse.

At least in the Lost and Tired family, this is the inevitable outcome.

So, when we are invited to the Super Bowl party this year,  and politely decline the invitation,  please don’t take offense.  This is just something we have to do as special needs parents.

It’s not that we don’t want to go,  it’s just not best for our kids.

Sometimes, actually, many times,  we have to make this type a sacrifice in order to do right by our special needs kids.  Believe me,  there is little we want more than to attend these types of social functions with the huge exception of wanting our kids to thrive.

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