Behaviors seen in severe to profound autism.
Example of Severely-Autistic Behavior Movie Script:
Are you watching the show you like? The show he thinks is funny. I think he’s actually watching it and laughing at it now. This behavior that you see, this is not sipping. It’s the same thing he does when he is sitting and doing the self-injurious behavior. Notice how, in the autism community, we’ve been around all these behaviors for so long that we’ve actually turned a noun into a verb. We call it ‘sipping,’ it’s funny, huh? I guess there’s a new verb: ‘to sip,’ the act of self-abusing. So yeah, this is interesting. He’s doing a self-stim that he was doing right there as opposed to an actual sip. Now he’s highly focused. Look at the look on his face, he’s highly focused. He’s not stemming, he’s not sipping.
I, as a mom, don’t show him any kind of videos unless they have something meaningful on them. I don’t show him random idiotic things that have no purpose. These things are actually teaching him something, so I think educational videos are pretty much what I feel will be pertinent to his learning. If he learns anything at all and maybe he’s learning something right now, for all I know. Notice the positioning, this is a very common way of sitting.
“Why, James, are you enjoying your show? Do you like the show? He’s got that kind of puzzled look, but just a look of intent like he’s trying to figure out what this is. He’s probably memorizing all of it. You’re just too smart, Jamie, I know you are.
This is how I spend some of my afternoons, under a shade tree in the car with my autistic son. As you can see, I live a very exciting life. I sit in the car and read in my driveway because he’s obsessed with sitting in the car. It doesn’t matter what car it is, any car. We could be at the grocery store, and he wants to walk out. It’s so funny. I have my books to read, exciting reads, like “self-injurious behavior.” That’s always really fun. So, yeah, this is for all the moms and dads out there who know exactly what I’m talking about, the obsessions.
“James, it’s been an hour and 48 minutes. Do you think maybe we could exit the vehicle? I’d like to maybe go inside now. Is that alright?” Come on, let’s go. I guess that’s a no. It’s a good thing we don’t have to go anywhere, because God forbid I have to remove him from the vehicle and do something different, like if it starts to rain or something. I’ve got to move right now. I can chill with him, and that’s good. You want to have moments like this because there’s always the high risk. There’s always the potential that if I move him right now when he’s happy and comfortable, it could trigger a meltdown. So, I’m just thankful to be able to sit here with him right now and not be pressured to go to school or anything else.
Pretty soon I have to give him his meds, but other than that, he can wait. Sometimes you just have to sit here.
“Hey, I just wanted to talk to you for a second. Hey, I want to talk to you about coming to my house”. I appreciate the fact that you’re having a good time, but the reason I need you not to drive past our driveway is because I have a severely autistic son who punches himself at loud noises. Do you know what autism Do you know what autism is? Yeah, okay. Well, do you know what self-injurious behavior is? It’s pretty brutal. In other words, when you drive by, any noise, even a weird sound, sets off my own stupid dogs barking and I have to control them. I am totally for off-roading and having a great time, but can you please just do me a favor and use the other road to go up? I’d really appreciate it, lady. Hey, by the way, my son just hurts himself when you drive by. I’m just being brutally honest with you. I don’t want to be bitchy or anything, but it really is a problem. When you drive by, it triggers the dogs barking, and then all of a sudden, my son is on the ground punching himself. I’m sorry it has to be like this. I wish my son wasn’t hurting himself, but I just have to ask for a little mercy and grace here. It’s a tough situation. Alright, thank you so much. I really appreciate it. Good to see you again. Have a great day. Alright, come on, you mutt.