The Media's Portrayal Of Autism & The Truth
My Daughter who is 11, and has Autism and ADHD, looks 'normal', I have seen first hand how the public sees her as 'naughty', or even just a bad tempered child. I witnessed this first hand last Friday, when normally I don't take her to shops as it turns into a total meltdown, but had to nip in just to get one item.. And that's all it took. As JB pointed out, she had 'a Hulk moment', throwing herself on the floor because she wanted something from the shop,. I tried to reason with her that when she had her pocket money we would come back, but to no avail.
So I thought okay, I will lead her out of the shop and sit her on a bench to calm down. ( I figured that if I tried to get her back to the car it would look like I was being physical with her, and if I sat in the car with her screaming like that, this would also look like I was being physical with her) so I figured sit her on a bench, leave a gap between us, and everything would calm down... But no! lovely members of the public called the police because my daughter was "Disturbing shoppers".. We had a 30 minute chat with the police whilst I pointed out that she had Autism and ADHD, and was under a Psychiatrist... Still not good enough.. We had to give our names to the Police, phone numbers and my daughter's school name, and they are going to give me a call this Friday to see if my Daughter has 'calmed down'!
It's really distressing that the media portray it so badly, that the public don't understand.. But you should at least expect a bit more understanding from the police!
It was really humiliating, and upsetting, and the worst thing is that I know it's only going to get worse, not better!
I'm all there for everyone being educated on Autism, whether it be in an adult or a child!