can't take a joke

Not that people with autism have no sense of humor, but unless they know it's a joke ahead of time, they think more literally.

Last night I was teasing Ryan. Somehow we got on the subject of him being "bad." I said he was going to grounded for 3 months. Then I amended it to being ground until 5 am and that he had to stay in bed. He started to get upset and I explained that being grounded or forced to do something you already do isn't a punishment. But he couldn't see it. I had to take back all my teasing before he would smile.


This makes me think back to when I was a child. I was ultra-sensitive to teasing. Did I not understand they were teasing? Of course, my family just thought I was a moody kid.