Yesterday we are watching the recording of "Carly's voice" a show about a severely autistic child, seemingly in her own world who learns to communicate through typing.
When asked about why autistic persons stim , she answers "we create a lot of output.. so we can drown out the world which is providing too much input"
And there it is.
The reason for stimming- why some of the odd behaviors our kids indulge in, are really necessary coping mechanisms
Here is a picture of R when we were at an outlet mall at Gap.
Wisely realising that he was at the end of his patience, he retreats underneath a table cloth and stays there a while, as we browse
As he was neither bothering anyone, nor doing something harmful- we let him be
There are many books written about the chldren who get X Y Z treatment and in some years become completely indistingushable or those children who are so autistic but turn out savant like in some area.
But children like R, have stories that are quietly heroic in their own way.
Slowly, but intelligently, forging mechanisms to cope with a world that is sometimes too much.
For more fun with SOOC Saturday visit Melody at Slurping life. Her link is on my blog