|I think they're playing...|
One of the things I love about Mitchell (7 year old on the spectrum) is that he is the personification of what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG). Isn't that what we all want in a friend, a spouse, or a work mate? Granted, he has bad days just like you and me but he is often very predictable in his views, mindset, and focus. His lack of interest in engaging with others at times often lends itself to him not making trouble. One of his new sayings is "I just want to be alone." There are many situations where I find myself thinking "why can't you two behave like your brother". I don't recall hearing in the autism community comments about our kids being models for social behavior. How about that for a twist?
|Mitchell at the waterpark - pure joy|
I think we can all do better to offer our families, friends, and co-workers a predictable experience. That's what builds connections. I thank my lucky stars that he's go that down pat.
Now we need to work on spontaneity...