Mothers of special needs children, I need some advice.
DS is a very loving but very spastic child. He just has tons of energy and can be a bit of a wild child. When we first got to the park today there were no other kids. After about 10 minutes a little boy walked into the area and DS went running straight for him and before I could catch up to him barreled into the kid to give him a hug. The kid flipped out. As soon as I saw it I was pretty sure he was autistic because my friends autistic kid had a very similar type of meltdown. I felt horrible about. The father came up and gave me this evil glare and tried to calm him. I wanted to apologize but was embarrassed about the situation so I decided to take DS for a hike in the woods.
Awhile later we are walking along the trail and a family is walking towards us. I notice the little boy in front has down syndrome and of course my son starts to take off again. Well I certainly did not want to ruin another parents day so I grabbed up DS and I get the evil glare again.
I seriously felt like I couldn't do anything right so could you tell me how to handle these situations in a better manner.
P.S. DS is almost 2 and earlier in the day we were hanging out with my cousin who also is special needs and we have never had a problem but he is an adult and I grew up with him so I know that he can handle DS.