Ugh, I am just so drained after this afternoon, but need a little advice on how to explain something to my 5 yo.
I was at the park with the kids, when this older boy comes over to play on the play structure. They were all playing separately, until the boy got near Genevieve. Then I hear her start shrieking and crying, and I run over. He had bit her on the forehead, hard enough to cause immediate bruising, but not breaking the skin.
So I am livid and say," did you bite her?!" and immediately look for a parental figure because it’s obvious at this point that the kid isn’t responsive and doesn’t understand why I am angry. A woman comes of the visiting bus, and she apologizes. Her son has autism, and bites when he thinks someone is invading his space. Anyhow, she apologizes profusely, the boy is made to apologize. Gen is still freaking out, and crying,“Why did he bite me?”
I tried to explain it that he is sick and doesn’t understand how to act, but that didn’t work. (I don’t think sick is the right way to explain it, either.) The poor girl just came home and laid down for a nap all by herself, she is that upset. She still doesn’t understand, and I was thinking their might be some moms here who can help me explain or maybe recommend a book to read to her that can help understand autism a bit better.
Thanks for your help. Geez, I am still a little shook up over the whole thing.