Questions for Me

How can I help explain to parents when their child who is autistic is feeling sensory overload how that feels like to an autistic? I have some parents that don’t understand it and I have a hard time explaining how they can be more sensitive to sensory overload.
Thanks Niko

THEY CAN PICTURE THEMSELVES HAVING THEIR HEAD FILLING WITH ALL SORTS OF NOISE AND SOME OF IT IS LOUDER THAN THE REST, AND THEY CAN’T TURN IT OFF. THIS IS HOW I EXPERIENCE IT. THE WAY I MAKE IT GO AWAY IS BY HAVING A CALM PLACE WHERE I CAN GO AND RELAX. THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT – TO HAVE SOME WAY TO CALM DOWN FOR SOME AUTISTIC PEOPLE.

My daughter was recently diagnosed and is on wait lists for ABA. I’ve been finding as many actually autistic people to follow that I can and have learned so much; one thing I’ve seen a lot of is not many fans of ABA. Can you tell me if it is always bad – should I pull her off the wait list? Or can it be helpful and if so what should I watch for? Thank you so much for any perspective you can give.

THE THING IS, I DO NOT LIKE ABA. THE SAME THING TO DO EVERY DAY IS BORING. THAT WAS IDEAL FOR ME WHEN I WAS LITTLE, BUT NOW THAT I AM OLDER, LEARNING NEEDS TO BE INTERESTING. THAT WAS WHEN I WAS GROWING MY BRAIN. ABA WAS IMPORTANT IN HELPING ME LEARN WAYS TO CALM MYSELF. REALLY MONOTONOUS ABA IS AWFUL. GOOD ABA IS BASED ON YOUR INTERESTS AND IS FUN.

Many autistics struggle with the NT social world. There are many types of classes, training, and therapies centered around teaching social skills to ASD children. Do you feel this is helpful (it helps the autistic person navigate in a primarily social world)? Or unhelpful (forces autistics to behave as if they were not autistic)? Or somewhere in between? Thanks Niko!

YOU ASK A GOOD QUESTION. THAT COULD BE HELPFUL IF YOU ARE VERBAL. YOU HAVE TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE VIEWPOINT OF THE CHILD. THAT COULD BE LOVELY FOR HIM TO EXPERIENCE. THE REASON THAT WOULD BE BAD WOULD BE IF THEY ARE TRYING TO CHANGE WHO HE IS. THAT WOULD BE THE BIGGEST THING I WOULD LOOK FOR.

Do u like people to know u r austitic or would u rather tell them after u get to know them?

THE IDEA THAT SOMEONE WOULD NOT KNOW I AM AUTISTIC IS LAUGHABLE. YOU ONLY NEED TO BE WITH ME FOR A FEW SECONDS TO KNOW I AM AUTISTIC. THOSE KIDS (with Aspergers) ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE ABLE TO PASS AS NORMAL. THOSE KIDS HAVE NO STUPID PEOPLE STARING AT THEM AS THEY ACT AUTISTIC. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I WOULD LIKE FOR PEOPLE TO STOP STARING AT ME IN PUBLIC.
YOU SHOULD TELL PEOPLE WHEN YOU ARE READY.

 

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