Autism and Touch

26 08 2019

In case you don’t know, touch can be different for people on the autism spectrum.

It can range from physically painful, to uncomfortable, to almost not feeling at all.

My 7yo falls kind of in the middle, with some tendencies toward not feeling physical things as much. He’s considered high functioning on the spectrum.

It’s a strange world for him. He WANTS the hugs and affection, but at the same time, it makes him uncomfortable.

I’ll ask him to come sit next to me on the couch and put my arm around him to snuggle. He’ll lean closer, but doesn’t melt into me. He stays kind of stiff. And he never initiates.

Except today…

While we sat side by side at church, he threaded his arm through mine to link our arms. Then he tentatively laid his head against my shoulder.

This might not seem like a big deal, but it was ❤️ He still struggled with the closeness and how much he should lean in and how completely he should let his head rest on my shoulder.


I’m so grateful for those tender moments and hope I’ll never be too busy to appreciate them.

Thanks for stopping by!




4 responses

28 08 2019
The Morning Scrapper

That is awesome! How you don’t just burst into tears and hold it together is amazing to me. What a huge break through. I am so happy for you and him!

28 08 2019

Thank you so my much ❤️
Some days are harder than others. Some days I cry, others I smile in victory and give prayers of thanksgiving. Most days, I just hold on by my finger tips though lol

28 08 2019
The Morning Scrapper

Based on how you write about your son I think you do an amazing job recognizing his needs and setting aside your own needs to be sensitive to his. Nothing but hugs and support coming your way.

28 08 2019

Thank you!
Hugs and support are ALWAYS welcomed and appreciated ❤️

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