It’s Autism Awareness/Acceptance/Understanding month so be aware that you’re about to get smacked in the face with a shed load of facts, memes and rainbow colours! I always feel that I want to educate as there is still a lot of fear surrounding Autism and special needs in general so I think the more people know, the less scary and alien it seems.
One of the things that Bella does in public which attracts attention is flapping. She flaps her hands with such ferocity that I often think she may just lift off the ground. She does it when she’s excited, it can be that she’s watching something which particularly delights her, a spinning wheel, scrolling words or light moving in a particular way. Just like when a kettle boils and steam pours out of the spout it’s like her excitement builds up then billows out through her arms.
At 5 I find it pretty inoffensive however as she gets older it may seem more of an issue to the general public (like it has anything to do with them!) When she flaps I’ll admit it is usually accompanied by squeaks and high pitched squeals but I think it’s definitely the arms that attract attention.
Her flapping is just showing excitement, happiness and occasionally distress.
Adults:It’s not something which warrants staring at, pointed fingers or worst of all piss taking. By all means join in with her, she loves it when you copy her stims but do it as a friend not a bully. Do it to engage not belittle.
Children: It’s ok to ask questions, don’t be put off by your parents. I don’t always know why she does things but I’ll certainly take an educated guess. Join in if you like, jump and flap and sing it’s all good but be her friend whatever that means. Just don’t be mean to her or anyone else really.
Watching: Gotham season 2 (still a bit gory for me haha!)
Feeling: Good, ready for Autism Awareness Month. Wish we could get our new offices sorted asap as working from home is a bloody nightmare especially in the holidays with the kids! Hopefully something will be sorted soon!