Winter silence: that would be so welcome

At this very busy time of year the difficulties that people with sensory problems have escalate beyond understanding.

On every Asperger / Autism / Aspie Facebook group I belong to individuals are voicing the problems they experience at this time of Celebration. This is not a flash in the pan problem, nor a Noel Niggle, nor a Christmas Catastrophising. This overwhelming inability to fit in with the whole festival-thing can bring some crashing out of any comfort-zone they may have constructed. Added to this so many cannot even voice how they feel.

Please give a thought to your loved ones who struggle at this time.
Or look out for the person who keeps ‘leaving’ the general melee for a variety of reasons.
Or the one quietly chatting with or playing with children / pets / sitting on the stairs / tidying away / volunteering to help with washing up …
These may all be ruses for escaping the noise and hubbub of an ‘adult’ world.

To keep the need for quiet in all our lives in the forefront here are some very salient quotations to bear in mind as the old year draws to a close and 2020 comes into view:

Just because a person is quiet it doesn’t follow that they have nothing to say.

Just because a person does not answer it does not mean that they haven’t understood.

Everyone deserves to be afforded Time and Space to communicate.

Some of us just need more Time and more Space to assemble our thoughts before we communicate.

Is that really so much to ask?

Do you have difficulty coping at Christmas, or at larger gathering? Please share any coping strategies you may use. Thank you for reading.

Published by Marilyn

Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder after fifty years in the mental health system I decided to share my experiences and consider the impact my health has had on my well-being. Being creative is the mainstay of my life and it's how I express my deepest emotions. Photography, writing, and design challenge me and help keep me rooted in the present.

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