Another Brother

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Author: 

Barbara Ann Yates

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2

Month and Year Published: 

March, 1994

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A big brother retells the experience of understanding his little brother's autism.

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1 Comment

I'm autistic, and I don't

I'm autistic, and I don't like this story. What if I don't want to be a different person inside after the Resurrection?

"And now behold, is the meaning of the word restoration to take a thing of a natural state and place it in an unnatural state, or to place it in a state opposite to its nature?"

If he doesn't want you to hug him, then don't hug him. If he doesn't want to shake your hand, then don't shake his hand. If he recoils when you try to pat him on the back, then stop patting him on the back! Find a different way to relate to him. Or just leave him alone. He's not lost in his own world, he's more aware of the world around him than you are; that's why things that don't bother you get to him.