What Others Had to Say: Love, Overwhelm, Violence

OK this is pretty awesome. Also because I got quoted (whee!) but seriously, so many parents and autistic adults sharing their experiences with upset turning into violence. Make sure to read the original post and comments as well. There is support. It’s here, in our voices, in knowing what you’re going through. You’re not alone.

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Yesterday I wrote a post entitled, When Upset Turns Violent.  I wrote it hoping for feedback from those who may have at one time, or currently have felt so overwhelmed they strike out and from parents who are on the receiving end of children who become violent.   I wanted to get a better idea of the kinds of support that might be beneficial to all involved.

As the comments came in, both here and through email, I realized a few things.  One was the shared feeling of shame so many felt. Tremendous shame was described by almost all the parents of kids who express themselves violently, as well as some who become so overwhelmed they become violent.  Exacerbating, or perhaps a part of the shame, was the feeling that this should not be spoken of for fear of ridicule, blame and judgment.   Many people remain silent, which…

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2 thoughts on “What Others Had to Say: Love, Overwhelm, Violence

    • I’m so glad I can do something to help! I just see so much pain and helplessness and frustration and I think nobody deserves to feel that way, be they parents or people on the spectrum. And I’m very much aware of autistic traits running in families so even if one parent is neurotypical, the other might not be and thus not able to give the exact kind of support that either their child or their spouse needs. It can turn into one big giant clusterfuck and that’s the last thing that anyone needs.

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