A few days ago, my 7-year-old daughter had an ASD "meltdown" on school grounds. They don't happen often these days, but they still can occur.
There were a few grandmothers picking up their grandchildren on campus, and two of them shot me the most horrible looks and shook their heads, as if to say "Do SOMETHING about that brat, you horrible mother."
I am pretty used to people misinterpreting meltdowns, but for some reason, their stares and whispers really made me feel like crap.
Today, when I went to school pick up, an elderly gentleman who had witnessed everything pulled me aside. He whispered, "I have Aspergers. I understand. Is everything ok?" He then went on to engage my daughter about her current "passions," and they had a delightful conversation.
There is this awful myth and stereotype out there that people with ASD lack empathy and can't read other people's feelings or emotions...and that they don't care about others. This is not true.
As Aspergers guru Tony Attwood is fond of saying, people with ASD can and do have empathy -- they might just show it in different ways.
Anyway, if anyone in the universe is keeping score in NW Sydney, the tally is:
Kind Ol' Aspie Dude 1: Judgmental Old Biddies 0
Edited to correct my mangling of the word "Biddies"
Edited by baddmammajamma, 29 November 2012 - 08:56 PM.