K's little classmate asked me this yesterday as we were walking to the car! I should add that this is one of only 2 people that we have playdates with. The other girl has Autism. K2 has known K since 1st grade. They really like each other but K is unable to "play" with her... K really has no friends at school and has not made any ever. K2 is her friend because they kind of bonded in 1st grade and her Mom and I became friends and continue to make playdates once in awhile. Anyway- K2 had asked her Mom why K gets SO excited and grabs her and gets right in her face? Why she is SO loud when she is excited. Her Mom who I have explained a lot of K's issues to explained to K2 that K has Autism but that it is not severe, she tried to explain how some kids are higher functioning etc... She basically did a pretty good job of explaining it to K2. Their are I think 7+ special needs kids in the class with 4 who have Autism. K2 knows this. I said to K2 that yes K has Autism and K2 said is this why she is loud and gets in my face! LOL I explained why she does and how she is super sensitive and asked her if she remembers K crying in class and all of her other "super" emotions? She said yes. She then told me how how she was super sensitive and that she "wanted" to have Autism!!! She was so cute and she said this was her secret and she wouldn't talk about it and that she gets angry at times and punches the walls. Her Mom was so nervous and was scared I would be mad. I told her quite the opposite, I was grateful that K2 knows instead of wondering what was "wrong" with K. The whole thing was actually pretty cute the way K2 responded and reacted to this. Even though in my heart it makes me sad that after years K still has no social boundaries and such limited control over herself at times. It also drives home the fact how in tune the kids are even though the teachers try to keep telling us they are not aware!