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Sunday, July 17, 2011

It's Okay...

He has artism...meaning autism. That's what the woman said.

I was shopping with my daughter yesterday. She was in front of me, pushing the cart. We noticed a woman and boy, around ten, walking toward us. At first I thought the woman had a problem. She was nervous and hovering over the boy with both arms on either side of him, trying to control where he went and what he did. He didn't say a word, just seemed interested in touching everything along the isle. As they walked past us he reached out and ran his hand over my daughter's butt.

I know my expression must have given me away. I was in shock. My daughter looked back at me as if to say, what the hell? That's when the woman said, "It's okay, he has artism." Is it okay?

I don't know anything about autism except the little bit I've seen on TV. I feel for those who have to live with it and deal with it every day. But am I wrong to think that the woman should have tried to explain to the boy that you don't touch strangers? Someone else might have reacted differently and screamed molestation, or reacted physically. She didn't even offer an apology and her saying it's okay just didn't sit right with me.

The little boy just kept on walking as if nothing happened, touching everything he found interesting and the woman went right back to hovering over him and putting things back that he picked up. I don't even think she was shopping for anything.


LuAnn said...

Hmmm ... this is an interesting situation, to say the least. The one thing I do recall from the early autism studies is that you have to continually apply very strict discipline with them. And yes, even though the child has a disability, I do believe they need to learn what's appropriate and what's not. Either way, at the very least, the mother should have apologized to your daughter for his behavior and not just let it go the way she did.

Jenn3128 said...

@LuAnn, took the words right out of my mouth.

Tory Richards said...

Yeah, an apology would have made a big difference. We met up with them again later at the check out and like I said, it didn't appear they were really shopping. They were just walking around.

Karen said...

An apology was definitely in order, as well as guidelines for the child as to what is/is not acceptable.

GladysMP said...

Having known a child with autism I think I would overlook this. The act was over before the lady could prevent. She probably has to scold him constantly and it has to be a tremendous burden.

marybelle said...

I have worked with Autistic children & it's a challenge. Each child, each day is a struggle. Working with parents & other professionals you can make a difference. It's slow and methodical. The Mother was probably at her wits end. She is the one I feel for.

Tory Richards said...

I agree Karen, an apology goes a long way.

That's the difference Gladys,I haven't known anyone with autism, and probably would have reacted differently if I had. I can't imagine what people have to go through when they deal with it every day. Even still, she didn't have to scold him to offer an apology.

Yeah, you could tell the mother was frazzled, Marybelle. She was a little bitty thing too, the boy was as tall as her.