“Kids with autism tend to be very literal and jokes and pranks require a level of language sophistication that is not natural for them…. April Fools’ Day can be confusing and upsetting to many children on the spectrum.” – Deborah Griffith of “Stars on the Spectrum”
I love this little write-up on April Fool’s Day and autism. It explains both why people with autism are pre-disposed to hating the holiday, and how to better prepare autistic kids for the day.
I hated April Fool’s Day as a kid, and I still gets lots of anxiety about the day. I didn’t “get” a lot of people’s “jokes” – to me, it always felt like people were lying, then swearing up and down that they weren’t lying, and then laughing at me when I finally caved and pretended to believe them just so the conversation would end and I could leave. Or I would believe them right away and feel even stupider about the whole situation.
So yeah, be gentle with your autistic friends today! It’s also Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month!