Autism Awareness – T is For Touching….

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month?  It was the reason that I decided to write more about my family’s experience with autism.  If you didn’t see my first post, you can find it here.  For today, I am going to focus on the topic of touching and the way if affects our family on a daily basis.  My son with autism is a very tactile guy.  He loves smooth, silky feeling shorts on his legs, hates wearing pants(even in the cold of winter), and he especially loves the touch of my neck.  It can drive you me crazy.  On some days, it can be excessive, but it’s a really tough behavior to address because the need Cody has is internal so I just tell myself it’s because he loves me best!  Lucky me.  Really, though, I do feel lucky to have Cody and I can say without a doubt if he here weren’t here, one of the first things I would miss would be his sneaky little fingers brushing across my neck.  This particular behavior carries over to others in the family sometimes, too.  Cody does NOT discriminate who gets to feel his love.  It especially annoys his younger brother, but Nick is only 11 and sometimes just wishes autism would simply go away.  He doesn’t wish that about his brother, but the autism, yes.  So, we manage autism in our lives.  Every day looks a little differently, but it’s the normal for our family and we just roll with what it brings one day at a time.
As I have mentioned, this is specific to my family.  I have met some children with autism who do not touch others nor do they want to be touched by anyone.  That’s them because each and every child on the autism “spectrum” is different.  Just like “typically” developing children are different and special in their own way and should be treated and celebrated for the unique traits and abilities.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you’ll stop by again throughout the month for more posts for Autism Awareness.


  1. Erik Prince says

    As an editor from nursing assignment help people who have problem with social interaction and problems are often known as autistics and nonetheless courtesy of modern technology things are going ahead with rapid pace to discover new paths to treat this.

  2. Julianna from chi-nese beautifully described her experience with her autistic son. She said it is truly an eye-opening and transformational experience. I myself have an autistic daughter and I am grateful for every day with her. She is my angel!

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