Sunday, September 23, 2007

Echolaliac Pearls of Wisdom: Episode 5

Note: See “Echolaliac Pearls of Wisdom: Episode 1” if you need a definition of echolalia as it relates to persons on the autistic spectrum.

Pearl 5: I was lost in thought over a problem I was having at work. The Prince was in an especially happy mood, jumping around the house, came right up to me, looked me in the eye and said, “Why the mope?” I, not realizing I had “a mope,” said that I wasn’t sad, just thinking. The Prince continued to jump around some more then said, “Isn’t it nice to know there are jackalopes around?!”

Source: This one is kind of obscure, unless your child likes Pixar movies and you have all the dvd’s like we do. On The Incredibles dvd there is a short film called Boundin’ It is a delightful little fable, set to rhyme in a Dr. Seussish way,with a catchy little tune. In this story, a handsome sheep is very proud of his wool and his elegant dancing and prancing ability. One day, the shearers come and he is left naked, dejected, and without self-confidence. A “jackalope” arrives, and asks “why the mope” and encourages him to forget about what others think, to embrace his new look, hold his head high, and continue to dance, or rather to “bound.” Our whole family loves this little clip. We have used it with The Prince to re-direct him when he was upset about not being able to accomplish something in the manner he had planned.
I was delighted that A. he noticed my facial expression at all and B. that he was able to generalize a lesson we tried to teach him and apply it to me. Maybe “theory of mind” is starting to develop, even if it is expressed in delayed echolalia! (For those of you without children on the spectrum, don’t mind me, I’m using the secret code language reserved for members of our not so secret society!) (Pearl photo courtesy of PBS, Nova)


MoonMama said...

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GFCF Mommy said...

Oh, my dear Kim,

I would hug you right back too if you were here! I am so glad you find my blog helpful. That's really why I started it, that and I find it kind of fun too! Just remember, baby steps. You don't have to do it all at once. Your son is lucky to have you as his mom.

More hugs,