We have an extra person living with us, her name is Autism. Most days she plays happily, occupying one room at a time. She's not too noisy, she likes things just so, she likes order and routine. She's quirky, she's funny, we love her SO much! She dances to her own tune, she's an individual.
She's very clever, picking up the tiniest snippets of information, things we have missed! She doesn't miss a trick, she might sometimes occupy her own space, but she ALWAYS knows when things have changed. She's not keen on change.
We are so glad she found her way to us, we love her, look after her. We explain why things might need to change, we reassure. We try not to loose our tempers, not always easy, but we try, so hard! We teach the interesting things in life, the little things you don't normally need to teach, the little things that come naturally to some, but not to others.
She's very good at hiding, most of the outside world don't see her. She's good at mimicking and copying, of keeping up appearances. She's quiet and doesn't like people to stare, so she makes herself as small as she possibly can. To the outside world, she disappears into the background.
Like I said, most of the time, she just occupies one room at a time. Then sometimes, she grows so huge, she engulfs every room, squashing everyone tight up against the wall, we struggle to breath.
What do you do, when things overwhelm?
Ada :) x