Reading this post by Rachel Carrera this morning reduced me to floods of tears, not just for the kindness in answering my question, but for sharing her experiences so that I might better understand the little mystery which is my daughter, Carys. Carys has never been diagnosed with autism, although some children with her syndrome (cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome) have, and I have always wondered about some of her behaviours. It has been very distressing trying to include her in all our family activities at times. Leaving her behind results in huge guilt, which takes away our enjoyment. But maybe that’s what we have to do, if it makes her happy. I’ll let Rachel explain, she does it far better than me. Thanks so much, Rachel!
First of all, I apologize for being late in the day with my Autism post this month, but in the immortal words of John Lennon, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
A couple of months ago, Ali Isaac commented, “I’d be interested to know how Autism affects children’s reactions to the unfamiliar, with regard to places, people, objects etc.”
Any parent of an Autistic child can tell you, this type of scenario almost never turns out good. It’s been my experience that bringing my Autistic son into a new setting almost always induced a meltdown. It was worse when it was a public place, such as a store or restaurant. It was for that reason, that I almost always left him at home when I had to run errands or dined out. I did this for his sanity, my sanity, and to be courteous…
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