As an autism mommy, I'm grateful for my beautiful kids who somehow can tell when I'm feeling sad or down. I know that empathy and emotions/social skills are hard for these kids, but they do get it. I know this because if I'm having a sad day, they are better behaved, climb up in my lap and give me snuggles, lean into me while we sit on the couch. They intuitively know what I need at that time. Their sweetness is like a band-aid to my wounded heart.