Sharon Lee Davies-Tight
My parents didn’t take us out to eat when we were kids. Picnics in the summer time and fast food take out or pizza delivery in the winter, otherwise we ate at home.
I’ve seen mothers of autistic kids actually make the kids worse in restaurants. The mothers make as much disturbance as the kids. Each time the kids start focusing on a task like coloring or putting things together, the mothers disrupted them with nosies and taps on the table, jingling keys, flying hands almost as if they wanted everyone to look.
Socializing a difficult child by forcing them on others at public events or places should be discouraged. That mother knew better. She didn’t think of his needs when they went out, she thought of her own.
Maybe they could socialize at church events, if she belongs to one, rather than using restaurants, staff and customers to do it.