Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Eat your heart out Babs!

Barbra Streisand singing "Memory."

I have read several articles and books which mention kids with Autism having amazing memories.  I know Jaylen is not abnormal, but it still blows my mind sometimes.

He remembers details of when we moved from MD to CT and he was only 2.  I mean vivid details like us having no lights and packing by candlelight because we accidentally forgot we would need lights the day we moved and cut the power too early, yea us!

I make sure to tell him what we need on smaller trips to the store  because if I have only 9 things in the cart and know I needed to get 10 he will let me know what I forgot.

He remembers that the paint was chipping in his first ABA classroom when he was 18 months.  He doesn't really remember the teachers, just that the paint on the ceiling needed to be redone.

He knows, and used to identify people by, their house number.  Of course my sister has to live in apartment 69 so it was his very first favorite number.  I loved having to explain to everyone why he went around saying 69 all the time.  He always wants to touch the numbers of people's houses, maybe it helps to solidify it, or it's just a sensory thing.  He also likes to touch the room number when we go to the doctor, and once again, always remembers which room we were in, even months later.

If I forget someone's birthday or how old they will be I can always count on Jaylen.  I can ask, "How old is Great Grammy, I have to write it on her card?"  "88 Mom."

I can put on any CD he has heard before, pick any song, and he can tell me the number it is.  This is helpful because he doesn't just say, "I want to hear the song about rockets," he can give me a specific number.   I picked him up from my sister's recently and he kept saying 7 and 13.  When I asked my sister she said those songs skipped on a CD of hers. That was a month ago and I can still ask him which songs it were that skipped.

It is scary to think of what could go wrong that he won't forget.  It turns the whole walking in on mommy and daddy private time thing a much more extreme fear, among others.

Anyone else have a kid with an insane memory?  


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