The other day when I was at the grocer, there was these two mums shopping with their kids. Well, they wasn’t exactly shopping as one of them kids was having a meltdown in the snacks section. I could tell from how he was carrying on that he had autism. It were only when his mum said he could have the crisps he wanted that the meltdown finally come to an end.
But that’s not the the point of this story.
See, the other mum said to the first mum that she shouldn’t have let the boy have them crisps. She said that he were having a tantrum just to get his way. The first mum got mad (with good reason) and said that the other mum didn’t understand autism. The other mum said she did. The first mum said the other mum’s boy weren’t like her boy. The other mum said her boy were autistic just like the first mum’s boy, and that it weren’t a meltdown. She said it were a tantrum the boy pitched.
Seems to me that them mums what says they got autistic children that doesn’t understand autistic meltdowns doesn’t really have children with autism. The doctor probably just guessed it were autism they had.
I has autism and so does Rion. We doesn’t have all out meltdowns like we did when we was young, but we knows the difference between autistic meltdowns and NT tantrums. If you has a child with autism, lets him have whatever he wants so he don’t have to suffer a meltdown. Meltdowns is hard on autistics and if we can avoid them, that’s what’s best for us autistics.
It’s time we really started to #TalkAboutAutism so people can understand why autistics does the things we does.