World Autism Week - To Blog or not to Blog
Grace is the granddaughter of one of the Frontier team and she has high functioning Autism. Grandma asked Grace if she’d like to contribute a blog for World Autism Awareness Week about some of her frustrations, other people’s lack of understanding and whether she thought there was anything that could make the situation better. Grace was extremely enthusiastic about the idea and keen to involve some of her friends. Grandma gave her 48 hours to email the post over. However, at 11.30 pm on deadline day, Grace and Grandma had the following exchange:
Grace: I give up. There’s my blog (message with attachment)
Grandma: Thank you Grace. However, I can't open it can you send it by email tomorrow?
Grace: It’s a blank empty page
Grandma: Me ok fine good night x
Grace: What do you mean ok fine? I wanted to do but I can't
Grandma: It's ok not to
Grace: I spent all day and got absolutely nowhere and wasted my time it appears.
Grandma: Me don't worry Love you x
Grace: Well I have just wasted my time and I have other things to do.
Grandma: It is 11.38 here and I am tired good night
Grace: Where r u tho?
Grandma: Spain. In bed.
Grace: Oh ok. Night x
Grandma: Night x
This is symptomatic of someone with high functioning Autism. The intention is often there. As is the enthusiasm but the complexities of processing can be overwhelming and, in this case, they prevented Grace from applying herself and led to incredible levels of frustration. Grandma reports that the resulting argumentative behaviour in this exchange of message is not unusual. Grace likes to provoke to get reaction when something has frustrated her and, if pushed, she will lash out and smash doors etc. Grandma reported that the day after this exchange Grace was fine.