You wanna know WHY we bombard you with information about our stimming, our sensory issues, our reactions to overloading stimulation?
THIS. This is why we spam you with OUR needs, and we use the terms like stimming, auras, EDS, shutdowns, meltdowns.
This could easily be any one of us, even if it’s not something innocent like stimming but a shutdown or meltdown, people NEED to know what the hell the terms mean. I shudder to imagine my friend’s son if he happens to be somewhere and encounter someone who DOESN’T know him. And he’s of legal adult age. An unknown officer won’t know he’s Autistic, and will react as if he’s an uncooperative adult male.
The MINUTE this boy said he was stimming, the officer should have known it’s perfectly acceptable for an autistic person to do, and backed the hell down. There was zero need to scare this kid half to death. Connor was capable enough in that moment to articulate what he was doing, but what if he couldn’t speak? What if fear paralyzed him?
Basic fucking education would not be misplaced here, at least the rudimentary terms of the condition.