Today was a typical reason why our Autism t-shirts save some of our sanity.
Robin took ALL the children to a local hamburger place (Arctic Circle) for lunch with a play area. I stayed home to get a nap, she got hers when I made dinner and fed them.
Anyway, she said it started well. Just a little bickering among the older kids doing some of the usual, "Bobby's picking on me." Sarah (5) aka 'Tigger' getting up and down and out of her seat. Then as if on cue they all picked it up about 10 notches.
They were done eating and headed into the play area. I call this phase "the releasing of the hounds" something like a pack of baying dogs. They were LOUD, laughing, crying, fussing. Of course Robin just sat back ready to field any complaints or nasty looks. But Ammon (3) and Sarah (our classics) had on their Autism t-shirts. Ammon's was the: 'I'm Autistic, what's your excuse?!' Sarah's was: 'I'm Autistic and I think you're weird too!' shirts.
NO ONE SAID A THING! This has been happening more and more often, when we remember the t-shirts of course. Even when Ammon went to the front door and started his, open the door - watch it close, open the door - watch it close, routine.
Then he and Mary (2) decided to run back and forth between the play and eating areas. Still not a peep out of anyone, and the place was busy. About that time Robin decided to give everyone a break and headed up the gang for an assault on the Health Food store.
The t-shirts work, that is one of the reasons why we offer them to help the rest of you deal with the NT world. We found that shirts with 'words only' didn't work as well for us. People see our shirts with the large funny face and really take a moment to read the words.