10 Reasons Why Santa Might be Autistic
Santa Clause is coming to town, but what if he is actually an autistic man who loves doing the world all the good he can. With all the worries surrounding Christmas, a bit of fun is always appreciated. Parents have way too much to cope with as it is when their children are on the spectrum and the holiday season is just days away. There is Christmas eve and Christmas day, New Year's eve and New Year's day, coupled with Hanukkah and Pancha Ganapati, Kwanzaa and Yule. There are so many holidays and so many reasons to celebrate.
Some of the biggest worries autism parents have during these holidays?
- How to calm down an autistic child in meltdown
- How to ensure the children get a good night's sleep
- What to feed the children to quell disruptive autistic behavior
As the freeze takes over and the nights grow longer, it might be a good idea to cuddle up with loved ones or on your own, with a good movie or book. Parents on one of the largest groups recommend these films based on autism or with autistic characters. They also have provided an excellent list of books that help one understand what autism is all about.
Why do I think Santa is autistic?
- He lines up and names his reindeer over and over again: Autistic individuals are known for their ritualistic and repetitive behaviors, lining up objects over and over again. It seems to give them some sort of control and calm, rigid routines similar to those with Prader-Willi Syndrome as well.
- He wears the same clothes everyday: Francesca Happe writes about some rather intriguing behaviors children with autism showcase, including the need for sameness and routine reflected in the need to wear the same clothes every day.
- He has an extremely limited diet of only milk and cookies: Autistic individuals might use selective or really picky eating as a way by which they keep to routine and have their days organized.
- He gets stuck in the same routine year after year: Routines, routines, routines. A lack of daily routine can lead to rather explosive or self-harming meltdowns, which are not always so easy to manage. Certain techniques, such as weighted blankets, can come in very handy when a meltdown hits.
- He avoids social interaction and does all his work while everyone else is sleeping: 17% of individuals on the spectrum also suffer from social anxiety disorder or agoraphobia, meaning they prefer to be on their own, working without human distraction.
- He checks his list over and over and over...: Repetitive behaviors and obsessive traits are hallmarks of autism spectrum disorder, with a study on mice brain circuits finding that the brain is wired to act as such.
- He likes hanging out with people smaller than he is: Individuals with autism show an affinity towards children and smaller objects. The film called I am Sam shows how autistic people can actually be great fathers.
- He loves squeezing into tiny spaces like chimneys: Susan Dodd writes about how autistic children crave deep pressure and often find it through squeezing into tight little spaces, corners and nooks and crannies all around the house. Some parents have reported finding their children under pillows and mattresses or lots and lots of blankets.
- He is clueless about the social stigma about creeping into other people's houses: Well, it is quite creepy to see a jolly old man tiptoeing around the home. Autistic individuals don't have the same understanding of danger social cues, which also leads to inappropriate social behavior.
- He does things that amaze people that have them wondering about how he actually did them. Some autistic children can taste music or feel words that are read, stemming from their syneathesia. Others are so smart, they actually trump all in their class. They are rather amazing and are perfectly special or specially perfect, depending on how you want to describe it. Santa is awesome, so why shouldn't other autistic individuals be as well?
Why else do you think Santa Clause might be autistic?