Today I was in the school playground waiting for my youngest daughter to finish school. I was stood right in the middle of all the parents that were waiting. There were umpteen conversations going on , some louder than others and for a time I felt quite over whelmed by all of it. I couldn’t move so just had to stand and endure the noise.
As I was stood this got me thinking of what it is like for Perkie with autism. Does he get overwhelmed by it all, yes of course he does. he is trying to make sense of our world even though he lives in his own little world. As for me that has to endure this for 5-10 minutes for people like perkie their endurance is a life time.
Sometimes he crys because as he says “it’s too noisy” when I ask him what noise, he can’t tell me it could be a simple thing of someone talking too loud, car door being slammed shut etc, you get the picture
. A few suggestions that I have to try and explain this is imagine yourself in a strange country in a busy market place with all these new noises and smells and before you can make sense of one thing another happens. Or another one, you have 30 radio stations on all tuned into different stations and you try to filter the unwanted ones
I know I have said this before but I would really love to live in Perkie’s world even it was for just 5-10 minutes just so I could try to make sense of what he has and maybe understand things more clearly
So all these tried and tested strategies to help them understand and cope,might not in fact work. Surely every person is unique so what works for one might not work for another. Let’s start by trying to understand their world at times, it might make more sense