Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 1 Fall 2014 - Page 39

Rather than avoid the topic, like I did when the word ‘sex’ appeared on Family Feud (“it means gender, buddy”), I tried to give him a description that would make sense to him. He’s earned it. I sat down on the couch with him, and we talked like two old souls playing chess in Central Park. He looked at me seriously, as only he can, and put his arm on my shoulder, his bear firmly tucked under the other arm. I sat down on the couch with him, and we talked like two old souls playing chess in Central P ark. Papa Bear: “Autism is different for everyone, buddy. Some have trouble with their bodies, some have trouble focusing, and some have trouble with their words...” HB: “Like, my sister!” PB: “That’s right. You know how she sees things differently than you do? (He nods.) Well, there are a lot of other people who look at the world the same way she does. You look at this rug as something to keep the floor from being scratched, but she sees all of the patterns, designs and colors that make up the rug. They leap out of the rug like a 3-D movie.” HB: “That’s really cool...” PB: “Yeah, it is, huh? Sometimes, it’s so cool that she just wants to look at those things rather than the other people in the room.” HB: “I would, too!” PB: “Yup, it would be pretty awesome. But, it also makes it hard for her to focus when she needs to talk to us or work with her teachers.” Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses 39