Irony may be the new Prozac!

Today I was reminded of a time when my son was doing something off the wall… (I can’t specifically recall what that might have been – but sometimes trying to get him to put on his socks or brush his teeth has been like trying to teach Ricochet Rabbit how to crochet!) Anyway, my partner, Craig, caught me in the hall and with a straight face, and with exaggerated thoughtful earnestness he confessed: “You know… sometimes it almost seems like H has autism…”

We both completely cracked up. This was a new phase of acceptance for us, and also represented a change in our collective mental tone… (if one can have a mental tone??) Perhaps it was a sometimes-lighter heart, or a way to see the funny in what is often disheartening, but we were drawn together as a team that day.

The fact that we can still see and find humour lifts us, and whatever lifts us, in turn – lifts our child.

Hmmmmm…

If humour is the mortal enemy of stress – irony may be the new prozac!!

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30 Days of Autism is a project designed to promote social understanding and offer a glimpse into the perspectives of those whose lives are touched by Autism.

© Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism, (2011)

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Leah Kelley, MEd., Educator, Parent, Speaker, Social Justice Activist. Writes blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding & neurodiversity. Co producer of documentary: Vectors of Autism. Twitter: @leah_kelley Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/leahkelley13/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/30-Days-of-Autism-Leah-Kelley/154311301315814
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6 Responses to Irony may be the new Prozac!

  1. Trish Kelley says:

    Way to go sweetheart. Teach us all.

  2. suvarna says:

    hee hee, It’s so true, I think we are kind of in and out that state fairly frequently.

  3. loubyjo says:

    as an aspergic i think humour is essential i would like to think of myself as humourous !! although at times very stressed !! i think we can all learn alot from each other !!

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