Wednesday, April 7, 2010

reading faces

My autistic son has problems "reading the faces" of people.

When he was young he became panicky and full of fear when he couldn't understand the facial expressions of the people around him, now he thinks people are angry, and he reacts accordingly.

To prevent emotional outbursts I have to "translate" into words how other people feel, and to other people I sometimes want to explain why he reacts the way he does.

During all the years he went to school only one teacher took the effort to be aware of the problems of my son.

We realised my son had problems understanding the facial expressions of this teacher because he often told at home that his teacher was angry. Luckily the guy was very open and I dared to ask him if he had a morningmood each day.
Like many people he had problems waking up, and felt tired a long time, but he didn't have a bad mood. Not at all.

Since then he told my son each morning: "I'm tired. But I when I see you smile I can do it too."

It worked!
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