Pick a theory on what causes autism. You already have an opinion so pick a theory that validates your opinion. That’s what most people do. There are probably some seeds of truth in most professional theories.
You’re wasting your time. You’d be better served to understand what it feels like to live with classic autism.
Walk into a public place. See the lights? Stare at all the lights. Some are flickering, some are colored. Keep looking. Children wear shoes with lights that flash on and off as they walk. All advertising is lit. People wear watches with lighted dials. The lights are pulsating. The list is long.
Now, listen to the noise. People talking, babies crying, muzak changes from shop to shop. Instructions coming from speakers. “Billy, please meet your parents at the food court.”
Smells. Perfumes, foods, cleaning supplies. The janitorial staff dragging buckets. Hear the wheels, smell the water.
Temperature changes from doors opening, body heat from crowds. People touch you. They get too close.
Multiple all this sensory input by 100. Most of us can filer out 95%. We do it automatically. Autistic people do not filter. They see, hear, feel, smell everything. Armies and prisons use sensory overload as a form of torture.
If repetitive, rocking movement or flipping a card bothers you, too bad. It’s a coping mechanism; a method used to fixate in an attempt to stop some of it from pentatrating.
I don’t have the answers. I don’t know the causes. I’m just asking you to try to experience your own life without your filters. I’ve tried. I didn’t make it long. I’m asking you to see the world the way they do. Have compassion.
I’ve worked with this population for years. Occasionally an autistic child would reach out and briefly touch my hand, just for a second. He was saying, “Thank you for knowing. ”
I advocate for them. Even if you disagree, thank you for listening.