Here are some common ways that an autistic person may think or act totally differently than a neurotypical person. We are beginning with a theme, “Opposite Day” that we used in school. In the future we will explain more examples of how an autistic person may see things differently.
“Everyday is Opposite Day”
A person with an autistic mind thinks and acts differently than the majority of people and the misunderstandings can be very serious. It is extremely important that everyone understands the different thinking so that everyone is safer in the world.
What do we mean by opposite?
An autistic person may run back into a burning building after being rescued, seeking their place of comfort. Unfortunately people have died, both the autistic person and would be rescuer when this happened. The person with autism may seek comfort when stressed and want to return to a bedroom.
A person with autism is likely to be unable to look at you and listen at the same time. Most people assume if someone is not looking at them they are also not listening. This is not only untrue but can also lead to worse issues. Law enforcement is often trained that avoiding eye contact is a “guilty look.”
“Time out” may not be an effective strategy for discipline, as many autistic minds prefer isolation. The isolation with “Time out” is often exactly what the person with autism likes; it is quieter, much less confusing and overwhelming and can be a situation that they want to experience over and over.
We are excited to tell you that our volunteer graphic artist, Shannon Hagman, is designing T-shirts with “Everyday is Opposite Day” and “Ask me about autism” to help us spread this important information. These are available to order on demand on Bonfire.com
Thank you for your part in recognizing how important this effort is. Spread the word about these unique differences.