People With Aspergers Syndrome
Certainly have their quirks!
And my son (who has Aspergers) has plenty. They are what make him, him. Some of them I can understand and others I really can’t get my head around.
Like now, it is summer and it is unarguably hot. At the moment the outside thermometer, which is sat in the shade, is reading a balmy 30C. It is mid afternoon, so it won’t get much hotter than that today, and he has only just taken his fleece lined hoodie off.
At The Moment…
He is still having to go into school for exams. So he gets up in the morning, follows his routine to the tee and still lacing up his big heavy, Hi-Tec boots and putting on his hoodie, before heading out the door to catch the bus. At seven o’clock this morning, the outside thermometer is reading around 22C – not a temperature that could be described as even remotely chilli.
I have pointed out the fact that maybe he could do without wearing his hoodie now it’s going into summer, but he won’t hear of it. Leaving the house without his hoodie on would be breaking his routine, which would leave him unsettled, so I never force the issue.
He Is Certainly…
The only person in the school (and probably on the island) to be still wearing their winter gear (in the winter, when its really chilli, I talk him into wearing a body warmer too, so I should feel thankful that at least he isn’t insisting on putting that one on still!).
It really doesn’t worry him that he stands out being dressed for winter in the middle of summer. In fact he never worries about standing out from the crowd, or he seems oblivious to it, which I put down to him having Aspergers Syndrome.
As His Mum…
I have to respect his quirky ways, whilst at the same time trying to talk him round to changing some of his ways. It can be hard, as everything he does is what he has learned as he is unable to think out of his box. I am sure that anyone who has close dealings with a person with Aspergers syndrome will know what I mean.
If I were to hide his hoodie, it really would bother him ( he would end up missing the bus which would upset him even more). I am sure he would still be wearing it if he were heading out the door for school and the thermometer was reading 40C… Why?… Simply because putting on his boots and hoodie are part of his school morning routine and to break that routine is unthinkable to him.
Having A Sensory Disorder…
(Which often goes hand in hand with Aspergers Syndrome).
Doesn’t help. As he never seems to feel hot or cold. So he never has a natural cue to take his jacket off (until he gets home again). As that is part of his arriving home routine, along with having his two TicTacs.
Greg’s happily posed for this picture and is fully aware why I wanted to take it. No bribery took place as that only works on his sister!
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