Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November 1: Autism Shout Out vs. the Communication Shutdown

I’m sure that most of my friends who have kids on the spectrum haven’t heard of either.  I hadn’t, until I read this post at the Autism Blogs Directory.  So, I’ve spent quite a bit of time during the last few days reading posts from the side that communicated that day. 

I was ambivalent about the whole thing and decided not to participate with either.  Because both sides are right.  We all view things within our prism.  I view it from within my understanding of autism.  Which is from the perspective of my family, my children.  I don’t understand mind blindness.  I don’t understand why I can explain a piece of social interaction 500 times to Jake and why he can’t just intellectually understand what to do in a social situation even if it doesn’t make sense!  

Shutting down electronically or not, doesn’t matter to autism in my house.  Jake doesn’t use social media to communicate and I doubt Will ever will.  (Oh, William please prove me wrong.)  Acceptance and awareness doesn’t matter to Will.  But believe me, it does to the rest of us!  I will kick down any door I can for him.

Both plans had merit and bravo to anyone who participated in either!


Big Daddy Autism said...

There are no guarantees in life but, Will may surprise you someday with the socal media. If you would have asked me 5 years ago if I thought my son would be able to use a phone, text or even watch You Tube I would have laughed at you. Now, at 13, he knows how to answer the phone (sort of) he can text as well as his little sister, and he can find anything on You Tube. His communication skills aren't great, but his texts are hilarious and many family members look forward to getting them from him. He certainly isn't ready for Facebook, but ... you never know what tomorrow holds.

Life as the mother of 4 said...

I look forward to being surprised. Will has definitely figured out You Tube. He will watch all sorts of stuff on there. That would be very cool if he ever started texting. If I ever text I want to be on Griffin's texting list!

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