Work Exploration Subversion
I absolutely love to try and understand what goes on inside the head of my autistic son. He is very intelligent, but sometimes doesn’t quite understand things.
There is a wonderful program in our school system for the high school students who have learning difficulties. It’s called Work Exploration. Those who participate spend a portion of their time at a local business learning to do the jobs that you would do if you worked there. My son has worked at an animal clinic, a local farmer’s market, and a national fast food chain.
Right now Mr. Impatient is working at a Gym. He seems to be quite happy. I try to ask him what he does every week after he goes to the business. Sometimes his answers are interesting. This week he was “sabotaging the machines”.
I asked for an explanation. He said “you know, Mom, wiping them down with the cleaning stuff.” Oh, sterilizing them. Got it.
You gotta love them.