Telling if Your Child With Autism is Sick
Can you figure out if your kid on the spectrum is sick? Not always.....
Back when my son was 5, or 6, I figured he had probably hit the age when he would start throwing up in the toilet and not on the floor. ...or in bed....or on the couch....or wherever he happened to be. I was waiting for him to tell me verbally that he was feeling nauseous. I thought I would hear some kind of expression of malaise. "My head hurts."
"My stomach hurts."
"I feel dizzy."
I thought he would tell me something. It didn't occur to me that he didn't know how.
And it certainly didn't occur to me that he would need to be taught how.
So we started talking about it. Where is your stomach? Point to it. Where is your head...touch your head.
Here are some words that can tell about how you feel: yucky, hurts, bad, feel sick.
Here are some pictures of people who feel sick.
I thought I had it all covered. Until the day he told me, with a thoughtful expression, "Mom, my stomach feels bubbly and sugary".
Wow, what a cute expression. That sounds so poetic.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Wait a minute. Could that possibly mean.....?
Yep. He threw up.