Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Autists are the Ultimate Square Pegs

Long before I knew that my son was on the autism spectrum, we battled. I was exhausted trying to get him to eat food other than peanut butter and yogurt. I was constantly frustrated that he would "overreact" over something as small as me cooking onions being too stinky or kids at the park being too loud.  I thought he was just being difficult, so I kept trying to force him to behave like other kids.

Once I realized he is the proverbial "square peg" and I was trying to force him into the "round hole," I realized my early approach wouldn't work. Now we work together to find ways to cope when he is sensory overloaded, instead of me telling him he's overreacting and to just calm down. I now realize he isn't being rude and disrespectful when he won't look me in the eye when he talks. This is who he is. He is my little square peg, and he has taught me to work with him and not against him.

Rachel H discovered that January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day, although her son seems to celebrate it everyday. 

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