Autism’s weird behaviors can scare you when you see a regular-looking person but not regular behavior. You feel betrayed when surprised in this way and don’t understand the unusual responses you see. It’s like coming upon a strange Beast! You don’t stay or get to know a Beast. You run!
Parents and teachers care about the person with autism so they try training them to stop the beastly behaviors and ask them to pose as normal.
Without the protection of these behaviors, though, there is no shield from noises, sights, touches, and smells that can hurt and confuse people with autism. And because the strange behaviors are no longer there to protect, the Beast will eventually roar. But once you realize that roaring Beasts are actually protective shields, you may learn to respect their roles rather than recoil.
Quit challenging the Beast. Find ways to help the Beast so that he can rest.
Watch the Beast closely to learn from him.
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