I believe strongly in balance and celebrating the positive. Yesterday I was feeling extremely run down and was a little anxious about what the day had in store for me.
The children picked up on my vulnerability and rather than exploiting it, which has happened on occasion, they were very sweet.
My eldest in particular was very cuddly and said, “Don’t worry, Mummy, I’ll take care of you.” He doesn’t always pick up on my emotions but when he does, he always gives me cuddles and kisses.
We had a very sedentary day, snuggling on the couch and watching movies.
I try to limit screen time as I’ve noticed that this can overstimulate the children. My eldest tends to stim and tic a lot more than usual when exposed to screens or when he’s tired.
However, some days it can’t be avoided.
This got me thinking about the misconception that autistic people have no empathy.
Admittedly, my eldest needs very obvious clues to identify how I am feeling, and is not very in tune with people outside of the family, but he’s such a sensitive boy who is very loving and affectionate. This shocks a lot of people!
One of the paediatricians we visited said that sadly the criteria was a little out of date and that it needed to move with the times.
We now realise that ASD is a spectrum, not in a linear fashion, and that no two autistic people are the same, despite sharing similar traits.
This is something I will address in more detail in a future post.
What is autism? Is everyone a little bit autistic?
Are autistic people empathetical?