Autism at the Fall Festival
I have been apprehensive about fall festivals this year. (I explain why in “On Fear and Fall Festivals” at Not Alone. Please click over to read, and then meet me back here!) Despite my fears, we attended two fall parties.
Here’s what high-functioning autism looked like at the fall festivals:
- Bursting into tears at the sight of people in scary costumes.
- A near meltdown when being frightened by a boy in the maze caused the loss of the glow bracelet.
- Insecurity leading to clinginess.
- More than usual difficulty interacting with people.
- Withdrawal and starting to shut down.
Those are the major things I noticed during the two parties. It wasn’t as bad as I had feared, but it was a struggle.
The side effects of the parties were:
- Spinning in circles when we got home.
- Mini-meltdown at wake-up time the next day.
What I received that made it all worthwhile:
- “I love you” as I tucked a certain someone into bed.
While our fall parties weren’t exactly “normal,” they were much better than I imagined they might be. I am thankful.
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