Raising an autistic child is a little different than raising a neurotypical. For instance, the other day The Queen and I had this exchange:
Me: Squiggle is getting really good at talking to strangers.
The Queen: I know, isn’t it great?
And today there was this:
Me: How was the library?
The Queen: Okay, but there was little boy about Squiggles age playing with the puzzles. And when Squiggle tried to play with him, and the boy said “No, go away” and Squiggle cried.
Me: My son got his feelings hurt and cried in public? Yes! High five!!
In other words, we work hard to inculcate in Squiggle the same behaviors and emotional responses that the mass media seems determined to eradicate from everyone else.