04/09/2014 10:56 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Dear Kate: A Little Girl Answers Your Questions About Autism

Shanell Mouland

Dear Kate,

Why must we always make so many exceptions for you? I understand you have sensitivities, but come on. Now I'm a jerk if I want to go to a nice restaurant and enjoy some peace and quiet? This doesn't seem fair, does it? I just wish someone would think of my comfort for once.

Tired of Accommodating Everyone

Dear Tired,

I hear you. I do. I just don't give a damn. I accommodate the hell out of the world all day long when I bear the overwhelming smells, sights, sounds and ridiculously confusing social norms. Furthermore, I am little and you are big, so in the words of the great Frank Herbert:

"If wishes were fishes we'd all cast nets."


Dear Kate,

I've been around for years longer than you and autism seems to be the flavor of the week, so to speak. When I was growing up you rarely heard about autism. Don't you think that we are going a little overboard diagnosing every "difficult" child with autism? In my day, we would have called you brats and left it at that.

No Disrespect,
Concerned Citizen

Dear Concerned,

Rather than looking critically at the number of diagnoses surrounding us, use that analytical mind of yours and do some serious autism research for me. Start with some parenting blogs and move on to some current peer-reviewed studies on the subject. Then we can talk.


"Beware of his false knowledge: it is more dangerous than ignorance."
-George Bernard Shaw

Dear Kate,

I swear, if I hear the word "autism" one more time, I am going to explode.

Balloon Knot

Dear Balloon Knot,

Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism, Autism.

"Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful."
-Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

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