Just a little nuts

Just a little nuts
A blog about single parenting & autism

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A social butterfly with anti-social behavior

I often say it would be easier if Little Squirrel was like other autistic people who prefer their own world and don't want to socialize. Little Squirrel desperately wants to socialize, problem is, the desperate part. She becomes frantic about it and scares other kids away. She comes on very strong and her enthusiasm can turn to rage in a split second as soon as the other child does not perform as she commands. She seems to believe everyone else exists  just waiting for her choreography cues. Her Gramma and Grampa will play along to her liking, but even if Gramma doesn't copy the exact tone of voice Little Squirrel demonstrates for eenie-meanie-minie-moe, she will lash out at them.

The children she can play with best are toddlers or children up to age 3 or 4 who will look up to her in amazement and not challenge her. Or older children who will humor her. Or children of any age who are very passive or easy going. Or the rare chivalrous young boy, like one of our playdate friends who is a 6 year old "ladies man" who tolerates the abuse without protest.

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