It’s the Not Knowing that Gets You When Your Child Has Autism

Sam loves food. Much of his life seems to revolve around planning and anticipating his next meal. One afternoon, he began a familiar refrain. “Go Chili’s for dinner,” he said. “Not today,” I replied. “Mom has steaks in the refrigerator.” Sam disappeared and I could hear him rummaging around in the kitchen. I hurried downstairs, but I was too late to save the steaks, which were now in the trash. “Sam, what did you do?” I asked. Unperturbed by my irritated state, he calmly said, “Steak in trash. Go Chili’s.”  IT’S THE “NOT KNOWING” THAT GETS YOU!

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