“What you can’t see, can hurt you”.

It’s not often that I walk to the shops with Kyan (my 5 year old autistic son), but last week I did just this as he deserved a treat for spending one night in his own bed without mummy*.

As we walked on a main road, I noticed Kyan clenching his ears every time a speedy car whizzed past. “It’s too loud, it hurts mummy” he said. The sound was too much for him to take. Even after years of learning about his individual autistic traits, I realise they’re evolving as he gets older, some become more mild whilst others can become more severe and I can notice new traits emerge.

My son can’t see sound, but it can hurt him. I can’t see my sons autism, but it hurts me to know he feels pain. What you can’t see, can hurt you.

*A lot of people on the spectrum naturally have low levels of melatonin, which means they could struggle getting to and remaining asleep – mix that with a 5 year old who is scared of monsters and ghosts, let’s just say I have a long time until I can sleep in a bed without him.