Autism spectrum or not, every kid wants to have fun. It just takes time figure out how to make that happen.
Teach them to fear Styrofoam and they will cower at packing peanuts forever unless someone shows them how you were wrong. Teach them to fear people and the same thing will happen.
You don’t have to be expressly called a dipstick by an elementary school kid in order to feel like one.
For many, my son having "special needs" means focusing on the things he can't do. It overshadows many of the powerful things he can.