My boys with autism and co-exisiting ADHD seem to have an extreme version with a prominent impulsive/hyper piece. With my oldest son being 10, we have had many years of parenting the "extreme boy".
Here is a list of the top 23 wild stunts they have pulled over the years:
1. Sage walked into the next door neighbors house without knocking, because he wanted to "meet new people"--age 8
2. Stevie pulled the fire alarm in the middle of the church service, causing the entire building to be evacuated until the fire department arrived and verified everything was ok. --age 5
3. Sage jumped out of the 2nd floor window to fly like Larry Boy. --age 8
4. Sage climbed on top of the counter and dropped his drawers to pee in the silverware tray. --age 3
5. Stevie streaked through the house wearing only underwear--but on his head, as he scripted his favorite shows and flapped to his hearts content. --age 5
6. Sage climbed to the top of the playground equipment so the school director would go up there to get him down. Once she was up he quickly slid his way down, ran fast to the gate, jumped up high to pull the rope that releases the gate door's latch, and ran clear across the street to the parking lot next door. --age 3
7. Stevie ran away from home barefoot in the Spring when snow was still on the ground. Walked into a neighbors house (his first experience with breaking & entering) where they took him to the sugar shack at the farm at the end of the street. They fed him ice cream and pancakes with maple syrup and called the police. --age4
8. Hope looked out the window one morning to see Sages feet dangling down from the window above. He was "just seeing what the temperature was like". --age 10
9. Sage pretended to be drowning in a local pond, hands waving and raised high, so his in-home supports staff would dive in and save him. --age 8
10. Sage pushed the screen out the living room window and snuck out, entered our old Honda Civic in the heat of summer. We didn't know he was missing until we heard him honking the horn in the extremely hot car. --age 3
11. Sage snuck out his first floor bedroom window and jumped to the ground one early morning. He explored the area a bit and then tried to come back inside but the door was still locked from the night before. We awoke to his little voice outside begging to come in. --age 5
12. Stevie wandered away on evening, no where to be found. The police came with their search dogs and searched the area, neighbors cars, etc. and found he was in our yard the entire time. Playing happily (and quietly) in the strip of woods by our house. --age 5
13. At Stevie's physical, he put on a great demonstration by climbing up the exam table to jump off, pull the paper out of the paper towel holder, and scream happily as loudly as he could. Then, he proceeded to slap the doctor twice when he tried to examine him! --age 8
14. Stevie figured out how to escape the bus restraints by getting out of it head first and then proceeded to jump on the seat, sit by the driver and attempted to leave the bus via the emergency exit, all while the bus was in motion.--age 5
15. Sage was found sitting in an open window, hiding, at Sunday School on the second floor which was not too far from the roof next door--age 5
16. Stevie stood on the chair at Panera, dancing his heart out and loudly proclaiming, "Waaahaa haaaa!" --age 8
17. Stevie bolted away from home, running down the middle of the street we live on. A neighbor had driven past him and found me looking for him. He kindly drove me to him in time to see that as he ran up the hill, flapping and signing to himself, a car was coming his direction up the hill on the other side. Thankfully, the car turned into the driveway at the very top of the hill and did not run into Stevie. --age 4
18. Sage grabbed the microphone at the cash register beside us as we were in line at Hannaford (local grocery store) and spoke into it with a deep voice, "I want to diiiiiiieeeee". --age 7
19. Stevie was hospitalized for asthma and low oxygen, but still had his fun jumping on the hospital bed and couch, dancing his heart out with his reflection in the picture window overlooking Portland.--age 7
20. Sage slipped into the cashiers space at Target and tried to take over the job of scanning the merchandise. --age 6
21. When in his room for a time out, Sage stood on the post of his bed frame, and unscrewed the light fixture, took it apart and then threw the pieces to it down a small hole in his wall. --age 6
22. While I was taking a shower one day, Sage raced through the house with a screw driver, unscrewing the door knobs and re-arranging them. --age 6
23. On sleepless nights, Sage made a habit of flipping his toddler bed around the room, landing it so it stands on it's head. Then he'd climb up the rungs like a ladder and pull down everything on the shelves up by the ceiling. --age 2
THINGS I HAVE LEARNED:
1. If it happened once, it can happen again.
2. Windows are really just doors sized for little people.
3. Angels really do act as landing pads.
4. Cat's aren't the only ones with 9 lives.
5. Kids with autism have super powers!
6. Never, ever let go of their little hands when out of the house!
8. The saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." is a true story.
1. God really is watching and protecting these kids!
2. For the kids to still be alive and well, is proof that God has an important purpose for their lives.
3. Laughter really is the best medicine.
Proverbs 17:22 "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength"