I chose the title for our story, Autism; Interrupted. , very carefully. The semicolon always looked like a hand on a shoulder to me, and that’s the gesture I use with CJ to interrupt his behavior. I’ve long believed that some of his behaviors were from anxiety and not just “the autisms”, and responded to the anxiety I perceived through his behaviors. More times than not, I’m interrupting the anxiety. I have become quite hopeful that once we break through this language barrier – CJ and the “the whole team” – we can treat the anxiety in more conventional, proven ways, and then – maybe there won’t really be any “autism” left to treat. It must be absolute hell for him to be trapped inside that head. He’s as tired and frustrated as I am – but we both keep going – under protest – which is allowed.
I wanted to share an article I read today about Anxiety and Autism. Please enjoy.