When I first started entering the word Autism into Dr. Google it would typically come back with a few key signs….lack of eye contact, repetitive behavior, lack of imagination, etc. I was always tricked by the responses. My son has the eye contact, no repetitive behavior and zero imagination. I used to think it was ALL OR NOTHING. Nope. It’s a spectrum.
Super Cooper has NEVER had a repetitive behavior. He’s too busy. Honestly, I’ve only seen him sit a few times and usually he is strapped into a booster seat. The kid never stops moving.
I used to actually pray that he would start having a repetitive behavior because then I would actually be able to sit down with him and join in. I know that sounds sad but I just wanted to play with my kid. Now, at age 4, we have puzzles, flash cards, trains, books. It’s getting better. A few years ago I had nothing. I would think if he had a repetitive behavior I could join in with him and play. The sad, sad wishes of a special needs mom.
Well, game on. Cooper has started lining things up. Notice in the first picture we have a book, milk, puzzle, plate of food, pacifier, blanket and another pacifier. Quite creative if you ask me.
And in the picture below he is putting blocks together. I still wouldn’t call it an obsessive behavior…which is good. He wouldn’t care if I messed this up or moved it. He could also transition right out of it. These are good things. And dare I say he is playing blocks? And you can be certain this mama sat right now and joined in.
And notice that the picture is NOT a blurry mess. He is sitting. Sitting still.
It’s the little things I tell ya.