Jaylen’s Autism makes him extremely literal, but I am starting to realize how literal most young kids are. I taught PreK, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade before having Jaylen, and guess by those ages most kids get sarcasm, and understand what to take literally.
This post on Mommy To Two Boys is about how Jaylen processes the term “private school.” His literal thinking is one of those things I enjoy, crack up over, and love about him.
We recently moved and every time I mentioned our “old house” Jaylen asked when it was going to fall apart. When I told him a new family was moving in he was surprised they would live in a house that was old. When in actuality our “new house” is in worse condition than our “old house.” In Jaylen’s mind, for some reason, all things die or fall apart when they turn 100 years old, so he assumed the old house is close to 100 and will crumble to dust any minute.
At my grandmother’s 89th birthday party he basically told her she had 11 years left till the reaper came for her.
I could go on and on with stories like this when it comes to Jaylen, but recently Xavi made me laugh hysterically over the same thing. He was singing a Lady Gaga song which I started singing too. After a few minutes I told him he got the song stuck in my head. He pulled my head down and started pushing my hair all around searching for something. When I asked what he was doing, he said he was looking for the song stuck in my head.
I guess taking things literally isn’t only for kids with Autism, neurotypical kids do it too (even though Jaylen does it a LOT more). Oh, the things I’m learning by being a mom to both…