posted on Nov, 26 2018 @ 02:01 PM
This OP was a reply in another thread but I was interested in the chat with anyone affected or involved with the subject matter...
Had a lovely day working, guy paying for the job wanted me to mentor/teach his autistic son aged 16 trying to ease him into some form of work.
Big lad, strong as an ox, clearly major autistic but we bonded well and show him something once and that is exactly how it got done.
I was in 'dad mode' all day to be honest, but we had lots of laughs and he was coming out of his shell by the end of the day, even picking up banter.
When he thanked me for his day and said he enjoyed it I was really touched.
...I was sad when he said to me that people treat him differently because of his autism, but that he noticed I didn't. I told him he's part of the
team, one of the boys, I don't give a # what condition you might have just can you do the job...and you did it well today lad.
I really enjoyed working with the lad today, yes he's 'different' but I found my own natural way to communicate and talk to him. It's boring working
with someone who doesn't talk so I asked him 'chatty' questions and we had a laugh because he is so honest. I mostly 'mocked' myself explaining that
looking silly is what all the boys on the site do sometimes, and when he knocked a bucket of water over and was stressing, I was like no worries dude,
Deano put his foot through a ceiling last week so you are better than him so far haha.
I was in 'dad mode' all day as I said, but I really enjoyed it, and I'm passionate about helping this lad into the world of work now...maybe because
my own son is grown up and independent then I'm looking to be 'dadlike' again, who knows.
Whatever, if this thread connects with you in any way just shout your thoughts, I think autism can be accepted if we all are accepting of people who
are different. All the boys I work with are the same, he's part of the team now, we only care can you do the job...and that you are friendly lol, we
don't have unfriendly people on our sites.
All thoughts welcome
edit on 26-11-2018 by CornishCeltGuy because: typo