To love and to be loved is a human need. Is it different if you have autism? I would say not. Some professionals' comments could have led me to a different conclusion. I have heard it said in our home. "I want to be invisible!" "They can't see me!" "They're all looking at me!" "I don't know what to do if someone I don't know talks to me." "I can't tell if I'm smiling or not, I can't see myself."
Memories of a little person appearing by our bedside every night. Arriving silently, standing by my sleeping form and announcing, "Roar, roar, roar. I'm a little dinosaur!" No longer invisible, clearly defining herself at 2 a.m!!