A glimpse into our autism: Play

Dear friend,

Yesterday he asked; Mum what are they doing...? In an unfamiliar world of utter chaos. He stood and watched...

Little man had a friend to play. The living room looked like a war zone, strewn with figures, some protecting the castle and others lying, face down, exhausted from the long battle...

Big lad had a slight pause in his gaming to come and get a drink and found himself in the centre of the 'play'.

I watched him...trying to work it all out...put the pieces together in an order that made sense...

Then he asked...

What are they doing?

Two hands holding jigsaw pieces together

A simple question...

A simple answer... They are playing!

Something that most children and parents take for granted. You have toys and you play...

But for him play has always been different, organised! A row of cars or trains in perfect alignment...

Butterfly with coloured jigsaw pieces pattern with textWe wasted so much money on toys that sat in a cupboard.

We spent hours setting up marble runs that were barely touched. Making buildings from Lego and building transformers that gathered dust...

I made schedules, timetables, choosing boards...all to encourage play... 

But if social and motor skills are the exact things you find difficult, if you simply can't understand the rules, if the chaos disturbs you... is play fun?

Yesterday he asked; Mum what are they doing...? In an unfamiliar world of utter chaos. He stood and
watched...


A glimpse into autism is my new series. Short letters that explore how autism effects us on a day to day basis.



Disclaimer:  this is our experience not all autistic people are the same.

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