Daylight savings time

Sunday 4 April 2004This is 19 years old. Be careful.

There’s just no telling how some people will react. My autistic son is upset tonight, because the daylight is lasting longer. He keeps saying, “it will get dark”, and “after different, it will get dark” (because we said, “it’s different”).

It isn’t that he prefers it dark, far from it. Usually the onset of winter brings a mood change in him for the worse as the days get shorter. But the sudden change due to the clock shift is hard for him. Change is always hard for him, even when it is a change he’ll welcome in the long run. Before he can appreciate the difference, he has to accept the difference, and different is very hard for him. We were eating dinner while it was still light out: not right. “It will get dark, it will get dark..”


We had a mildly autistic youngster in our boys group at church. He enjoyed the camps, but they were a big challenge for him, particularly because he couldn't always find out what we would be eating at the next meal.

I knew him for four years, and it was great to see him "come out of his shell" a little more each year - largely due to the constant and loving efforts of his foster parents!
My wife is an elementary school teacher of students with autism. Sunday night, we were discussing the double whammy she was going ot have today with the time change and the full moon.

Surprisingly, she got home and reported nothing out of the ordinary.

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