Sleepy Time Thought: 4/2/2012 Autism Awareness Edition
And so ends Autism Awareness Day, but Autism Awareness month goes on and every day is autism awareness day in my house. With the CDC, not prone to hysterical exaggeration, officially pegging autism as affecting 1 child in 88 in the United States, we can no longer afford to ignore it because it’s not “sexy” or heart-rending to see. Autism is insidious in that the afflicted look just like everyone else. That kid you think is just throwing a good old fashioned temper tantrum? She’s having a meltdown. Slapping her won’t work nor will yelling. Her nervous system is so overloaded with sensory information she can’t control herself. See that kid rocking back and forth in a corner or running in circles flapping his hands? He’s not “out of control.” He’s self-stimulating himself (stimming for short) and that is how he calms himself down lest he have a meltdown of his own. See that kid that avoids the other children and plays quietly by himself? That’s my son. He cannot express his thoughts or feelings. He doesn’t know how. He understands perfectly well what you are saying to him but he might as well be in a box for all the ability he has to respond. Helen Keller was deaf, mute and blind and she could communicate with the outside world with more ease. My son can barely tell me he’s hungry and I’ve never heard him speak a word or say “I love you.” He’ll be turning four in a few weeks.
Sleep tight you filthy liberal scum.