At school today we had a “Scott of the Antarctic” day at school, this meant that we missed out on the day’s lessons and instead, we did fun activities about Robert Falcon Scott.
Unlike a lot of others with Autism; I’m ok with most changes, but others freak out over the slightest change. For example, I personally freak out if I’m told that I’m having a bath, I need to be warned way before it happens, if I’m not, I get really, really stressed out.
Another example I have actually happened before lessons this morning at school. I came in the room and this girl freaked out, BIG time, she started yelling and screaming at me because I was early. Then her friend came and she did the same thing again. We asked her why she was freaking out and her response was, “Because you’re all coming through the door in the wrong order!!!!” Of course, we were puzzled, so she explained more into it. “First ____ has to come through and then ____!!!” and then “YOU’RE ALL COMING THROUGH THE DOOR IN THE WRONG ORDER!!!!!” And she stormed out of the door in tears. She’s Autistic.
People get used to a routine that they stick to. If that routine is broken, they snap, and they snap hard.
If you’re a parent or teacher, with a student or child with Autism, warn them before changing the routine, you’ll thank me later. Trust me.
I will do a page about change in the near future, but as I am writing this in school…. I don’t have time to continue, so thank you for reading this long awaited post!