From the 30 Days of Autism archives
Originally posted on Thirty Days of Autism:
Like many children with autism/Autistic children, H is drawn toward routine – it gives him comfort. He seeks it out and uses it to help him make sense and order of his world. We have deliberately established family traditions, as these are in fact patterned behaviours that have a set of expectations that we can usually count upon… that, and it is fun! Our traditions are changeable and definitely not rigid – our guy brings enough of this to the table without our reinforcing it. We try to laugh at the unpredictability of our traditions and enjoy/embrace any variations or imperfections in these. When I reflect on this – I can’t help but think that I also love traditions and our special family routines and ways of doing things. It gives me a sense of belonging to something over time and a way of marking the passing of time when we revisit our memories of these times together.
Yesterday I boiled a dozen or so eggs and we dyed them using crayon resist, and food colouring. H will usually amaze me with something like a Storm Trooper or Darth Vader egg. This year he was more traditional, and made a bunny, and other eggs with fabulous designs. We all participated.
The story at our house goes that you leave the eggs out for the Easter Bunny in a basket and if he really likes them he will hide them on you. If he really, really likes them he will also hide some chocolate eggs. I make little footprints with three fingers dipped in flour and leave telltale bunny tracks around the house. Shhhhh…