Please take this survey! The post begged. They were researchers looking for information from parents of children on the autism spectrum.
Specifically, they wanted to know about the way we handled certain aspects of behavior that were common to children on the spectrum: decreased eye contact, fixation, perceived lack of interaction.
Notice I use the word "perceived," I wish they had.
See, my problem with the survey was that certain words were being used over and over. One of those words was lack.
Does your child lack coping skills? Does your child show a lack of interaction?
Pre-autism me would have answered those questions with a definite yes. But you see, I've since learned to speak autism. To hear it, even when it can't find the right words, or say them in the right way, with the right facial expression. Even when the words won't come at all.