When exiting the Zoo, our special Aspie must go through the “swinging gate.”
Before doing so, he must properly align the gate.
Then, we may walk through – after him. He waits for the rest of our party to go through the gate, then returns to the gate and properly aligns before walking away.
The look of satisfaction on his face and bounce in his step after completing this routine is a reminder how important these rituals are to people with Asperger’s Syndrome / Autism Spectrum Disorder. We need space, time, and patience from others to complete the ritual. Our positive sense of self depends on doing so.
Love that little guy.