Is there ANYone out there who is dealing with autism in their child, or a family member?? How do you cope with it? What are you like with that child/adult?
My niece just turned 16 last month and if I'm honest, we're not 100% sure exactly what is wrong with her. She is 16, but she acts a lot younger than her years.... a few examples...
If she met you only once, the next time she saw you she'd come up and give you a hug.
She isn't great at telling the time.
She doesn't understand the concept of money, that say 10 dollars is worth more than 1 dollar.
She isn't great with hygiene so monthly cycles are a nightmare for my sister who has to keep telling her to put her underwear in the laundry basket, shave her armpits and wash her hair.
She is over weight, but will wear clothes that are too revealing (trust me, my sister has daily arguments with her about this!) like shorts that show off her cheeks....
All that being said, she can cook.... not like Gordon Ramsay but she can fry an egg and I can't even do that!!
Anyway, there is something called lights and sounds therapy and whoever does it is based in London. Apparently it's meant to be amazing and people come from all over the world for their child to be assessed. My sister put my nieces name down and she got accepted..... they came to see her yesterday. They told my Mum (sister had to work) that although my niece comes across really happy and jolly and appears to not let things bother her, she is in fact depressed and she over eats because she thinks food is her only friend in the world. Although we wouldn't think it AT ALL, her self esteem is very very low. She often lies about things and when she was being asked questions yesterday she lied.... They told my Mum is was because she is living in a fantasy world and the lies she tells are what she wishes was happening
As you can imagine, my sister was in complete bits last night..... I was today. My niece can be such a handful, she'll root through your stuff if she goes to use the bathroom and I could never leave her alone with DD... I've caught her swaddling her in her blanket before at the age she is now.... she means no harm but it wouldn't be a safe thing to do. So, family reaction and I am guilty of it myself, is to avoid having her around. She has had many arguments with my Mum and she gets right up in your face, it's scary.
So I guess this post is to reach out for advice. How are you meant to treat them? Like normal people or like very young children??
This light and sound therapy will be undertaken on Monday so fingers crossed that something can be done to help her.