Monday, July 11, 2016

My kiddo is extremely literal... Is yours???

Over the last couple of days it has become increasingly evident how literal my kiddo is. I have always been aware that he is a literal guy, but I don't think I really realized how literal he is until the last few days. Perhaps the reason this wasn't as evident to me in prior years is due to his communication delay. My kiddo's communication has increased dramatically so it may just be that he now has the language to properly communicate whats on his mind. I want to give you guys a few examples of just how literal my little guy really is. All of these examples have just happened in the last week.

  1. Yesterday, I was having a conversation with my kiddo's grandma about Eustachian tube dysfunction. I had this issue as a child and needed multiple sets of tubes. My oldest son and my youngest son have both had the same issue. Bam Bam has not had this issue. When I was chatting with my mother in law and told her that my little guy must have got his dad's ears. My little guy overheard this conversation and he literally thought that I meant that he got his dad's ears. He got extremely upset over this and kept on saying that he has his own ears and that he didn't have his dad's ears. He just couldn't wrap his head around how he could have possibly got his dad's ears. My oldest NT son thought that the conversation was hilarious and he just didn't understand how his brother couldn't quite grasp what we were talking about. This is what prompted me to write this post. I got to thinking about how this would be handled if something like this happened at school. I have decided that when I do my next back to school meeting with my little guy's new teacher that I am really going to have to explain how literal he really is. I don't want him to end up getting made fun of or having a meltdown over something like this.
  2. I had posted on my Facebook page not that long ago about another literal example that I experienced with my little guy this last week. I was practicing spelling with my kiddo and during this time I asked him to spell D-O-G. My little guy ended up spelling dog like this: D-O-G-G. I told him that he had spelled the word incorrect. Bam bam appeared to be getting upset and then he told me, "Mom, I spelled that word right! Snoop Dogg has two g's." He was correct, I told him to spell dog and he ended up spelling another version of the word dogg. He must have had Snoop Dogg on his mind and this is what he gave me. I should have been more specific and clarified that I wanted him to spell theword dog and given him the example of a four legged animal that barks. This example also made me realize how explicit instructions should be when they are given to a child on the spectrum. It is imperative to be as concrete as possible.
Anyways, I just wanted to share these few thoughts that have been on my mind over the last couple of days. I am definitely going to share these examples with my kiddo's new teacher and his extra support staff. I have some questions for all of you. Is your kiddo literal? Do you have any examples? I can't wait to hear from all of you!

1 comment:

  1. One time we were having a birthday party and everyone came in saying that my son (ASD and ADHD) had hit his little cousin (much younger). My son insisted that he had not hit his cousin to the point of continuously fighting (verbally) with his other cousin saying he did NOT hit him. Finally my mom had to take the other cousin home to separate the two of them. The next morning the conversation came up again and he finally said "I did not hit him, I kicked him." He wasn't trying to get out of trouble that day, it was simply we hadn't said the right thing to him.....though now he would use that to get out of trouble, haha! We have to really watch what we say to make sure he understands it. We have the same thing with using sarcasm or being silly, he'll often just ask "are you being serious?"