Two lunches here, both in EasyLunchboxes:
- leftover grilled chicken from last night's dinner, cut into bite-sized cubes
- hummus in the lidded mini-dipper box
- Wheat Thin crackers
- cucumber slices
- strawberry slices
Paige asked that her lunch have "a style" - by which I think she meant "a theme". So in went two animal mini-fork bento picks and I called it a safari. She was pacified with that. Phew. ;)
- organic gala apple slices, dipped in lemon juice to keep fresh and bright
- a few organic strawberries
- organic baby carrots
- cheddar cheese, the top piece is puzzle-shaped, and all the scrappy bits are underneath
- his most favorite garlic parmesan pretzel chips
The cheesy puzzle piece is a nod to April being Autism Awareness Month, and as such, Amy is here to share another message about autism. :)
"One common characteristic of autism is a lack of eye contact. (So common that autistic author John Elder Robison titled his memoir "Look Me in the Eye.") Some autistic people describe having to make eye contact as being painful, like being burned. Some find it difficult or impossible to process speech and look at someone at the same time. (I've seen t-shirts that say "I can listen to you or look at you. Pick one.") In fact, some not only need to look away but need to stim, doodle or engage in another activity in order to block out sensory overload and allow their brains to process speech.
Given the fact that polite eye contact varies from culture to culture, and given that this would really be asking our son to change a lot just so other people wouldn't need to feel uncomfortable with his different way of processing, this is something we never actively worked on with him. Overall he seems to have picked up this cultural norm over time and does pretty well with eye contact himself these days, but still there are many times when he appears to be absorbed in something else, when he's actually listening quite closely.
Every brain is different. If someone doesn't look at you when you're speaking, they may actually be working to pay extra close attention to you rather than none at all.
Happy Autism Month!"
Supplies used to make these lunches: