Thank you to friend and autism advocate. Carly Jones, for allowing me to share this. You are a light in the world Carly.
“I have learned that when an Autistic child says “I don’t understand ” to a piece of school /home work it can often mean they “don’t understand how to not overthink the question ” or they “don’t understand how short the answer should be ” or “don’t understand what the teacher is requesting ” not that they simply don’t get it – but that they are massively overthinking how to answer with information overload – after all the world gives us (Autistic people) too much information constantly so it’s only correct that’s what the world expects in return ? No ?
For example , spelling homework was write the spellings out repeatedly each day (not an issue) then put each word into its own sentence with a very small area in paper to do so -que meltdown – “I don’t understand !!” So I say “OK for example HATCH could be , I wait to watch the eggs hatch ” – the child’s reply “but in English we are told we must write using describing words , I was thinking .. In the cool mysterious darkened wood I tip toed through the rustling leaves to find a wooden hatch on the floor”
I start counting from 1-30
Meltdown gets bigger