A NEW CHALLENGE Allen is bobbing his right leg up and down, up and down. Stimming. Gently, I put my hand on his knee and whisper, “It’s okay.” The movements stop but the set of his jaw tells me that he is still feeling nervous. For my son, an autistic adult, new routines are a challenge. We’ve been at this little church with its old-fashioned wooden pews and stained glass windows for over a year and Allen is used to the setting and the people. But today he’s embarking on a new challenge that has his senses on high alert.
This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing such detail that we don’t ever think about. I would have never imagined how communion could bring such nervousness to an autistic person.