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Lockdown living is a welcome break for my autistic son

With no social interactions or sensory overload to deal with, this new quieter lifestyle is so much more manageable for my son

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Home comfort: Larissa Nolan and her son Kookie (10) are enjoying lockdown life. Photo: Chris Doyle

Home comfort: Larissa Nolan and her son Kookie (10) are enjoying lockdown life. Photo: Chris Doyle

Home comfort: Larissa Nolan and her son Kookie (10) are enjoying lockdown life. Photo: Chris Doyle

For most of us in this crisis, it feels like the world has been turned upside down. But for my son, who is on the autism spectrum, it's as though his universe is finally the right way up.

At the beginning of all this, friends and family enquired about how we are getting on; wondering what life is like on lockdown with a 10-year-old child who is autistic. The truth is: for the first time ever - this one is easier.

He didn't notice the seismic social shift the rest of us were reeling from, he just seemed calmer and more content. I realised, for him, this is probably how things should be. This is a re-set to his vision of "normal". Instead of feeling oppressed, it's like he's finally free.