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My autistic son has a big heart, takes things very literally, and wants everyone to get along. Unfortunately in this crazy world of ours, this picture doesn’t usually exist so we usually have to parent him accordingly. Recently, we had been wrestling with how much our son spoke about religion and sharing that even if you ‘lust’ after someone who God considers this a sin and that He will punish all the non-believers. To make a long story short, it has become like a calling if you will to share his love of God and how wrong people are, when they do something that is described as bad or sinful.
So we had to have the talk this morning, with me and my husband about limits and boundaries and what is okay to talk about at school and what is not. Sure, he wasn’t happy about it, but we were able to break it down in lays terms why this is not okay and explain when it is appropriate to speak about religion. Thankfully he understood, but still confused as to why he couldn’t say religious things at school.
As a mother, I was a little heartbroken but knew that It was necessary for him to see that there is a right way and a wrong way to speak of certain things and in certain environments. He of course, was very anxious about the entire situation but understood after a few more prompts that this is how it is. Unfortunately, ever since he started attending public middle school his anxiety is super high about everything. We have a book that is similar to the the book above in our library about worrying, so he was able to calm down a bit after reading how this little boy made a big worry into something small. Most autistic children have high anxiety about various things. Your job as their parent is to advise and keep it simple.
So on that note, keep it simple, keep it moving, and keep it drama free.