Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"I don't like people mom".

Maybe he understands his autism a little more than I give him credit for?  As usual I am encouraging, prompting and pretty much demanding that Rye participate in social experiences.  Following the Premack Principle to a tea and using positive reinforcement to muddle our way through a play date.  But when it comes right down to it guess what Mom, "I don't like people".  This is the one thing I wish I could change, if I was given a magic wand for one day, this is what I would change.  Until that happens I will keep pushing, keep scheduling those play dates, premacking that schedule and reinforcing the positive interactions!


  1. You know, I don't like people very much either. I've thought about it, and I wonder if it's when I realized that anyone had the potential to make fun of me, or be mean. The combination of my struggle with weight, anxiety and introverted personality makes social interaction really hard sometimes. It takes a lot of will power to make myself interact sometimes. I think it's my odd combination of history that has drawn me to people who were on the spectrum, long before I knew what the spectrum was. I understand a little, a TRIFLING, of the social part. I think it's great that Rye has a mom who understands its hard for him, but still encourages him to participate. But I seriously understand not liking people much. I hear ya, Rye.

  2. Thanks CC. I will keep pushing, but maybe I need to be a little more okay with him not "liking it!"

  3. I don't like people either, and I'm not autistic. You need to show a lot more empathy, Mom.