Recently we went to the park. My son saw some other kids about his age that he wanted to play hide and go seek with. He asked if he could invite them to play. I encouraged him to do that. But I was wrong.
They told him they would play. They told him to go hide. He joyfully ran to hide. They just counted so he would hide and leave them alone.
I tried to explain to him that they weren’t really playing.
He went back and the scenario played out again.
Sadly, I called an end to our time at the park and went home. People with Autism do not understand social cues and frequently cannot read our facial expressions. It’s both a curse and a blessing. A curse as you can see above. A blessing, because they have no idea just how cruel the world is.