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for Autism Series 2: This Thing About Hugs

6/21/2017 c1 6S.S. Soma
Warning this is very long

I have a little brother who is autistic and he goes to a lot of therapies. He ends up taking all the attention away from me as I have an older brother who is handicapped as well. This doesn't mean I don't love them. I love them with all my heart and couldn't ask for more. I read all the poems and short stories on your profile to get a better understanding of my brother and I thank you. I never really understood him but I'm starting to understand why he acts the way he does. I read about your experiences with bullying and I hope those jerks get what they deserve. I've been bullied too and I pray that my little brother doesn't deal with it bad (if he does have to deal with it). My older brother was bullied a lot to the point he posted on Facebook about suicide and he got hospitalized and now is better. My little brother walks on his tippy toes too and he is only 4 so idk what the future holds for him but I want to help him every step of the way, and reading the story where you wrote about your big brother not helping you with your bullying problem (if it's true or not idk) know that siblings naturally get jealous. Ik it has to be frusturating for you as well. I hope the bullies stop (if they haven't) and that nothing hits you too hard. From what I've read you sound like an amazing person to be friends with. :D please ignore bullies, autisim from what I know personally has nothing do to with mentality. You can go farther than them, whilst they're stuck in high school forever you'll be graduating from universities and going places. They mess up everyone else's life's because their own is messed up.
All of your poems are very nice and deep. I honestly love them :)
11/14/2012 c1 1Dick Thomas
I read someone's review of the poem before I read the poem itself. I wonder if perhaps simply knowing someone intimately who has Asperger's gives me an advantage when reading what you've written here. My son is ten, and sometimes he wants to be hugged. But sometimes, he's upset and hugging will only upset him more. He doesn't want me to comfort him. He wants to find his own comfort, his own way.

I try to gauge what he needs by observing him, or even by asking him, rather than by assuming, "Oh, this is how we comfort someone who's upset."

Once again, there's a lot of food for thought in your poetry. Thank you for sharing it.

One criticism, however. It looks like you have a typo in the next-to-last line. Shouldn't it be "But NOW I know..."?
10/6/2012 c1 20Claire LeBoeuf
Ink Flows into Power,
Okay, it was a good poem. Before you read the rest of the review I think it's important to say. It's not a bad poem, it was well written and it kept a rhythm.
I don't feel that it conveyed the point you were trying to get across very well. You don't like to be hugged? Lots of people don't like to be hugged, I don't like to be hugged. Tell me why it's relevant to Autism, and why it's different for you.
I think you can go back and make this better, because again, it's a good poem, it just wasn't very effective and in getting your point across.

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