Sensing Too Much, Ctd

Nov 21 2012 @ 11:51am

Rod Dreher showed this memorable video about what autism and Asperger's can feel like for someone with them to his son with Asperger's:

He watched it, and said: “That’s incredible. That’s exactly what a meltdown is like. Exactly.” I noticed he seemed a little jangly. “Are you okay?” I said. “Yeah,” he said. “That was just really, really accurate.”

Check it out again and you'll see why this anecdote rings true:

Before we knew what Matt was dealing with, I can remember putting him into a lukewarm shower (he was six or seven), with him yelling, “It’s burning me!”, and me putting my hand into the water stream, saying, “Oh, come on, it’s barely warm.” To me, it really was barely warm. To you, it would have been barely warm as well. But not to him. It really did feel like it was burning. I thought he was throwing a fit just to be annoying. I can barely think about episodes we had like that without feeling overwhelming guilt. Of course I didn’t know. His senses have calmed down a lot as he’s gotten older, but he still has his moments. Watching this video tonight, and then having him watch it and validate its content, is a powerful reminder to love that kid more, and to be more tolerant of him and the cross he carries. If you have an Aspie or someone with autism in your life, even at the margins, please watch that video. It’s important.