Another embarrassing moment at the grocery store with DS (7) who was recently diagnosed as autistic (high functioning). While in the checkout line he was trying to open a bag of candies and some fell on the floor. In frustration he threw the bag, yelling "They dropped on the floor!", which spilled candies that hit a couple of people. I picked them up and scurried out of there, as someone said in a disgusted voice "He *threw* them at me!".
I get so embarrassed in situations like this. I know everybody is thinking that he's a horribly spoilt, badly behaved child. I've been so tempted lately to say "He's autistic" as if to explain that I'm not a horrible mother and he's not a horrible child. I suppose I hope this will stop people from judging me and him, but it may not make any difference. Plus part of me feels its not right to hurl that label around just to spare my own issues with feeling judged and embarrassed.
I'd love to hear from other parents of autistic kids, or kids with behavioural issues, to know what to do in these situations.