As I read the piece noted above from Autistics Aware, I thought of how well my daughter reads my moods. When I am completely overwhelmed, she actually looks at me with sympathy in her eyes and refrains from any button pushing games, like raid the refrigerator. When I am sick and ask for her cooperation, she always gives it. When I need a hug from her and ask for it she submits to my arms. When she hugs, it is usually from excessive anxiety although others interpret the hug as affection. We “neurotypicals” crave affection from our children who have autism and will take it any way we can get it.
Thank you to this blogger for telling us about the inner world of autism that my lovely daughter is unable to share yet.