I’ve been reading a lot lately about autism and the ability of autistic children to hold it together over the course of a day only to explode as they set a foot through the door on familiar ground. Unable to contain their emotions any longer as the sensory overload from the day bubbles over.
My daughter is not autistic she has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT). In many ways she couldn’t be further from the text book description of a child with autism, she loves to chat, she has loads of friends, she is popular, she loves to cuddle up on the sofa at the end of the day and her understanding of sarcasm for a five year old astounds me. However as I read the accounts by many families that have children with autism they could be describing our family and the life that we have slipped into.