Who’s autistic now?

I’d like to think that if you’re a social worker or work at a shelter for kids, you would know what an autistic kid is and realize that “sedat[ing] him” is almost NEVER the first-choice management approach because of the tantrum that you mistake for “being violent.”

The world will run out of meds if we do that.

And he certainly doesn’t need a psych hold or a psych facility. Even if there really is no other place for him to go. Using these tools in uncommon situations isn’t the same thing as actually believing these tools are appropriate; our world is full of gray areas. Sometimes these tools are applied in a manner not consistent with the intent when they were created.

Try going to a gathering of parents of autistic children and tell them their children are violent and need sedation and psych wards. If you manage to escape alive, I’ll take back everything I just wrote.

And cops, unnecessarily manhandling an autistic kid… this is exactly the kind of stuff that gets your agency sued. Put those fucking weapons away.

God forbid anyone on scene show a little patience and understanding and TRY TALKING AND INTERACTING with the kid.

“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.”

Hmm… “difficulties in social interaction,” “nonverbal communication” such as reading the situation… Really, who’s autistic now? I count 7 of you on scene, on top of the kid…

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