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Posted by Jeannette on October 08, 2000 at 01:29:24:

In Reply to: Unabated histerical laughter. posted by Dan on October 03, 2000 at 13:27:21:

: My son on occasion gets a devious look on his face and laughs on and on. During this, he also misbehaves and tends to burry his face into a pillow or couch. He does not seem to be able to stop no matter what we do.

: Has anyone else seen this and what does it mean?

: Dan

: I read a British book written in 1972 about an autistic English girl who overcame many of her autistic symptoms and later talked about them.

When asked why, as a little girl, she laughed uncontrolably whenever she was in her bedroom she said that the bears on the wallpaper were dancing around. (That is what she actually saw happening)

When she related why she dragged her feet when she walked as a girl, she said that to her, her feet were sinking into the sidewalk.

It only goes to show that we have no idea what sensations or feelings the autistic may be going through. Perhaps there is something very funny, scary, etc. that they experience when we see and feel nothing at all.

My son use to cry bloody murder whenever he saw a particular episode of Barney. It got to a point where he would cry when the video started and later, he cried when he even saw the front of the video. (Although he is nonverbal and does not know how to read he could pick out that tape from over 30 other Barney tapes.

After a few years he now has no problem with that episode and he enjoys watching it.

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