“It’s raining cats and dogs!”

“He’s having a hay day”

“Let’s toast the bride!”


Toast the bride…are you serious?

Being autistic can throw one for a loop, metaphorically speaking, when it comes to everyday communications that the rest of us take for granted.

Idioms like the quotes above are second nature, even funny, to us yet can be confusing and frustrating to the autistic.

They might look up looking for falling cats and dogs, or really think you’re going to toast the bride like a piece of bread gets “toasted.”

What appears to be an obvious joke and other “humorous” events can be a serious issue for an autistic. Imagine for a moment if someone told you, with a grim look on their face, that they really were going to “toast” the bride. That would certainly be cause for alarm to the average law abiding citizen and no doubt put you on edge at the very least.

Beyond lack of comprehending slight-of-language, an autistic may also lack a sense of reality, especially in situations concerning safety.

Many times, people don’t recognize a child as having autism until the child behaves strangely and/or misses obvious social cues. Complicating matters, autistics may have a strong reaction to external stimuli such as sound, sight or touch.

Jonathan couldn’t stand crowds when he was younger.  We thought it was because of the loud noises, as he always covered his ears.  We were at a party and all he could do during the entire two hour event was continually run in and out of the room in a circle saying “e….x….i….t….” out the door.

Of course, this behavior made perfect sense to Jonathan.

What events or circumstances have you observed in everyday life that caused an autistic confusion?

What safeguards or procedures have you put in place to help an autistic stay safe?

How have you explained to an autistic, after they are confused, what something like “It’s raining cats and dogs out there” really means?

Share your story with me by leaving your comment below.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Karen Simmons
Mother, Wife, Author, Founder & CEO of AutismToday.com


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