I always did wonder why blue for Autism? And here’s the answer:
Blue represents trust, honesty and loyalty. It is sincere, reserved and quiet, it hates confrontation, likes to do things in its own way, it has a need for order and direction in its life, including its living and work spaces.- remind you of anyone yet?
This is a colour that seeks peace and tranquillity above everything else, promoting both physical and mental relaxation. It reduces stress, creating a sense of calmness, relaxation and order – and although we may not feel that as carers, our kids definitely feel safe, calm and relaxed in their own space. Blue represents freedom. Perhaps freedom from the daily hassles of life – money, jobs, paying the bills etc.
It is idealistic, improving self-expression – in their need to find more than words to express themselves – and their ability to communicate their needs and wants. It inspires higher ideals – for us. They inspire us to push through and try for more. They inspire us to take chances and be strong in taking new paths. They are our inspiration for innovation. Chris has definitely been my inspiration; as I’ve mentioned before.
Blue’s wisdom comes from its higher level of intelligence, a spiritual perspective. Cannot stress this enough – autism is a spectrum condition, which means that, all people with autism share certain difficulties but their position on the spectrum will affect them in different ways. Some are able to live fully or relatively independent lives (high-functioning autism), like people who have never been diagnosed, but others will have learning disabilities, will not be able to communicate and will need a lifetime of specialist support. Some may excel in academic subjects; for example Chris is a Math genius, give him any equation, he knows it. Others may excel in arts, crafts and technical subjects.
Blue builds strong, trusting relationships. No argument there. The people who surround Chris are crazy about him, there is nothing in the world we wouldn’t do for him. He has also helped us as a family work on our relationships with each other, he brought us closer, made our bond stronger.
Blue is conservative and predictable, a safe and secure colour. Our kids don’t like change, even though we try day and night to keep them open-minded and to draw them out of their shells. They are safe, kind and compassionate people who will love you forever, and even though they don’t show you most of the time when they do its indescribable. Change is difficult for blue. They lock themselves in a routine that they are happy to carry on forever; and then we come along. Blue is inflexible and when faced with a new or different idea, it considers it, analyses it, thinks it over slowly and then tries to make it fit its own acceptable version of reality. Example that pops to mind – and I’m sure my family will agree – is food. Like I mentioned in previous posts, food is paramount in our household. “He stares as we bring over the food, picks up the plate, smells it and then if we’re lucky takes a tiny bite; and by tiny I mean that ants would probably carry a bigger bit than the amount he is willing to try. Then comes the silence – we hold our breath, fists clenching, heart racing all waiting to see if he approves of the dish. It all sounds a tad bit dramatic but imagine going through that every day, every meal, worrying about every restaurant, every holiday – we’ve become immune to it now. In fact we find it strange when kids just start eating their food without an investigation.”
They are not threatening, there’s no reason to be alarmed unless you don’t understand them. That’s what this month is about, so take advantage of it. You know autistic people, and if you don’t you will meet them. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined. Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the world.