BROKEN TIRES, BROKEN MINDS . .. You may remember I had a “near escape” when my tires blew on the motorway (freeway) recently. Left a “footprint” on my mind and body. Until that incident I loved my car. Now I dislike it. Maybe at some level even fear it.One isolated incident has affected the way I feel and think (and not in a good way).
Which reminds me of life for children with Asperger’s.
Think about your child’s average day, or week.
* Teased in class by other kids
* Shouted at by teachers
* Surviving the hostile sensory jungle of school (noise .
. . lights . .. crowding)
* Struggling to understand (let alone complete) certain school work.
And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Traumatic events (often daily).
One negative experience, stacking on top of another . . .
And another . . .
No wonder kids with Asperger’s melt down . .. get SO distressed
. .. feel low . . . even, in extreme circumstances, hurt themselves (or
A lot of the time it’s not “The Asperger’s”.
It’s the negative experiences that happen because of
Experiences that stack on top of another – increasing the
pressure every time.
Impacting on their mind and body.
What to do?
Listen, without judgement.
Tell them it’ll be OK. Give them strategies. Then turn your
inner anger at the bullies and others who don’t understand.
Channel it. Use it to pressure the school or whoever to
change – makes things a little better for your child.
Good luck I know you can do it.