A Glimpse into our autism: What is this?

30 November 2016

Dear friend,

Yesterday he asked me
What is this?
as he was practically sticking a piece of chicken wing up his nose.

It made me snort with laughter as memories of him as a toddler flashed before my eyes.

He looked at me with disdain and turned to his dad repeating what is this, while examining the wing like it was a piece of important evidence in a criminal investigation.

Two hands holding jigsaw pieces together



Any new foods presented to him were always investigated with the interest of a true scientist at work. Before the food came anywhere near his mouth it had to first be examined closely, turned around and viewed from each angle, it would then be inhaled with the skill of a perfumer and inspected again before being carefully but purposefully licked.

Most foods were left abandoned and we returned to the trusty sandwich or pee and carrot mush. For a long time his diet was extremely limited!

But not any more! Now we can't fill him, now he will try (just about) anything...

To him eating is about engaging all of his senses, including his memory. He often asks, have I had this before or gives us a running commentary of when, where and with whom he last ate said food.

And chefs like Heston Blumenthal and researchers think he is right. Saying we rely too much on taste and sight and that we should be engaging our other senses more. They are looking at ways to make us use all our senses together, including memory, to improve our eating experiences.

Butterfly with coloured jigsaw pieces pattern with textWe made jokes about him being a food critic in the making... but perhaps we were right. Maybe I should be pushing him into the kitchen and not out of it. (Too many knives + clumsy boy =scared mummy)


Yesterday he asked me
What is this?
as he was practically sticking a piece of chicken wing up his nose.

It made me snort with laughter as memories of him as a toddler flashed before my eyes.




A glimpse into autism is a series of short letters that explore how autism effects us on a day to day basis. Disclaimer:  this is our experience not all autistic people are the same.





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