We stop what we do to enjoy the hilarity of one another's performances.
Our autistic culture celebrates acting. We enjoy shared story-telling, improvisational performance and theatrics, collaboratively creating re-enactments and playing out narratives and characters know in our family, friends and see in our community or screen
My child loves performance and acting with their friends (other awesome autistics!)
I'm blown away by their memory recall and accuracy of the characters and scripts whilst delivering the characters nuances perfectly. Mind boggling!
Their linguist skills are stretched as they sound out the wide range of words using different vocalisations and sounds to express emotional variations of being happy, sad, hungry, cross, tired etc. My child plays around with sounds, tones, effects and a multitude of facial expressions and gestures.
They express deep passion and joy when they have engaged in the role play and mimicking characters sharing their stories. This is where their imagination dances off with their humour as they add extra storylines or actions.
They are so freakin' funny and really really clever.
We can use our acting to avoid demands when we want to prevent or stop other's or society's direct or indirect pressures. We can be funny, flamboyant, fascinating, far-out or take-off others. We can use these 'strategies' to distract others from intrusive questions or need to direct us where we may feel our choices are taken away.
We can take on different humorous roles to induce other's laughter. Especially if the rooms atmosphere is tense or others are being self appointed authorities who think they are in charge. My child has a very strong radar for these humans. Instead of saying 'hello' they watch and observe.
As they put it "I'm scanning them".
Others who need to control us in some way can trigger our Authority Demand Pressure threat response; anxiety and panic. If I haven't frozen, fled or become a fawner (or cut you off – lol) I intuitively become a comedic character to lighten others moods or atmosphere with "humour and novelty" to create "flexibility".
Flexibility loosens the grip of authoritative demands.
Lessoning another's need to be authoritative means lessening their control. Less control means respect of one another's autonomy. Respecting our autonomy means reducing pressure. Reducing pressure means less anxiety.
Less anxiety means inner calm making room for creative and intuitive freedom and ultimately CHOICES.
Choices we are required to make that meet our and our families individualised diverse neurologies and cultures; our living, loving, learning and working. Choices that protect and nurture our brilliant autodidact nature that nourish extending our current life expectancies