Humor and Autism

I was going to save this post for closer to the end of the month, but I am absolutely exausted today, so I’m gonna go ahead and do it now.

I have used humor to cope since going blind, and during my research, I found a link on this page that just said “fun”. I read some of the stuff and just knew I’d have to do a post about it. The page gives little snippets of humor with links to those pages. Unfortunately I can’t link directly to the fun page because it’s one of those sites that never changes the URL. Here’s some of what I thought was fun, though:

The normal child will usually be heavily socially dependant and this can leave the child deeply vulnerable to ‘peer pressure’. This can lead to such undesirable behaviours as loss of individuality, bullying and intolerance of others and ‘pack mentality. Beth, Silver Cuckoo Special Needs

All cats are Autistic: Cats show very little change in facial expression and posture is usually relaxed. Eye-to-eye contact is difficult, as cats are seemingly unable to bear looking into the eyes for a period of time. Alice Loftin

Whether you’re Social Phobic, a Social Avoidant loner or have Antisocial Personality we all have our reasons for not being comfortable around others. The Antisocial Club is a place to share experiences, find help and laugh at ourselves. You may even get a better understanding of who you are. And do it alone.

Childhood is a syndrome which has only recently begun to receive serious attention from clinicians. The syndrome itself, however,is not at all recent. As early as the 8th century, the Persian historian Kidnom made references to “short, noisy creatures” who may well have been what we now call “children.” The treatment of children, however, was unknown until this century, when so-called “child psychologists” and “child psychiatrists” became common. Jordan W. Smoller, University of Pennsylvania

Ok, that’s all for now. I was going to include the links, but I am at about a half a spoon right now. I think the link I gave at the top of the post took me to the page with these.


Filed under Autism, awareness month, humor as coping skill

2 Responses to Humor and Autism

  1. For a moment I thought this post was going to be about the well known issue that many autistic people have with neurotypical humor, the general issue being that we don’t understand it! Many people think they are bloody hysterical and other people laugh at them and I stand there thinking, “What on earth do they see that’s so funny? That was just dumb.” Or more what usually happens, I don’t even get that a joke has been made and I take it seriously. I’m very literal. Doesn’t mean I can’t make jokes, I can, just they are generally thought out, or I can be sarcastic and say them completely deadpan and because that’s how I normally talk and my body language and facial experessions aren’t necessarily the way they should be for that moment, people have a really hard time figuring out if I’m just joking or if I’m serious.

    I hope you get some rest and recoup some spoons.

  2. lol I like the one about the short noisy creatures.

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