My son is 7.4 years old and has Aspergers. He seems to feel little pain and i wonder if that is common with children on the Autism Spectrum? Right now he has an ear infection so bad the Dr said his ear drum may burst, He only complained once last night that it hurt. Can anyone shed some light as i'm afraid he may really hurt him self one day and will not complain of pain.
My Aspie son has a high tolerance to pain too! He can fall on the cement and scrape up his hands and legs and get up and walk away. However, while watching tv with his friends, he did cry when they laughed at Spongebob. He threatened to turn off the tv if they did it again!!
I don't know why this is but when I get hurt I don't feel like letting the world know I am in pain. As an adult I can relate the sensation to being "embarrassment". or "shame" of some sort. I may gasp if it is really painful, otherwise I just try to walk away like nothing happened. If I bump my head it really hurts, but I don't like letting people know I hurt my head. If anyone witnessed me bumping my head, they may think I felt no pain.
I can grumble about stubbing my toe if it happens to be especially painful, sometimes... Things like headaches, I tend to complain about if they are bothersome. But then again maybe that may be because I've learned to adapt to the concept that people nearby need to know when you hurt yourself...
I can't speak for other autistics, but for me I feel better sometimes if I just suffer temporary pain like bumps, etc alone. If I think it is something serious I know to get attention. (hmm, maybe I can ask a question about this on wrong planet and see what consensus I get)
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