To what lengths would you go to in order to help your non-verbal autistic child have friends?
For many years we lived like introverts? We didn't associate with mainstream America because we couldn't predict how our pre-puberty son would act around girls. He would do things like masturbate in the pool if he saw a "cute" girl. He would sometimes lie on his back anywhere in public if he saw a girl and attempt to pull her over on top of him. It got so bad that we just started staying at home.
We didn't go to church, YMCA, movies, outdoor activities, we soon removed him from public school.And began teaching him at home (difficult!). Holidays soon took on new meaning for us. It was an opportunity to hide and rest. Before long we had seperated ourselves from the world; family, friends, therapists, everyone.
The only friends that my children had were those kids who imported to be their friends. We recieved much criticism about our choice to import friends for our kids. Now they are all grown up and we (my husband and I are seriously considering importing him some new friends from a third world country.
To what lengths would you go to make your autistic childs life better?