Like so many with autism, Bil suffers greatly from sensory overload. He can control it a lot of the time, but sometimes it just becomes too much for him.
Fortunately, he has figured out that if he is in a place he is familiar with, he can remove himself from the situation.
Today, Bil was visiting up here. We didn't see very much of him. Normally he would sit in another room and watch the Weather Channel. But this time, he disappeared for most of the visit. I think he went to the bedroom where he sleeps during these visits, and (somehow) occupied himself.
I can feel for him because I know he was looking forward to this time with the family that lives here in upstate New York. Yet, he wasn't able to be near us.
I think there was just too much noise for him this time.
He did join us for meals, but we were hoping to involve him in meal preparation. We weren't able to.
He also joined us when we were getting ready to leave to go to our house. (He was staying with another family member). He stood silent.
Again, although he is verbal, it is difficult for him to communicate with us. I really wish I could give a penny for his thoughts.