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This is meant to be a funny post. So if you were looking for profound things like “I’ll never teach my autistic son to lie” or something noble like that then maybe isn’t the post for you. Although if I can’t think of enough I may just throw in one of those profound ones just to round it up to ten since that’s what I promised.
But for the most part these are a bunch of things that my 11 year old severely autistic, non verbal son doesn’t do now.
And if he hasn’t grasped by age 11 maybe that is a blessing in disguise…
So here goes…
1) How to Unlock Doors
3) That His Mom & Dad Aren’t Cool
At the age of 11 is when most kids start rolling their eyes at their nerdy parents, right?. But I think Kyle still thinks
his mom & dad are cool. And I think we are still cool because he is somehow keeping us young. I’ve said before & I’ll say again that for better or worse we’ve been kinda living like the movie “Groundhog Day” and raising a toddler for 9 years now. And when he was actually a toddler we were in our early thirties and we were cool. And that is where we are gonna stay. If he is gonna stay a toddler then we are gonna stay in our early 30s. And we’re gonna eat dinner on the couch in front of the tv, and go out as often as possible, and try to live life to the fullest!
Ok, so he may be too old for it now anyway. But he never really got it. And in the early days that made wifey and me sad. But if he never really got it, what are you gonna do? If he never really got it, then that probably means he’s never gonna care about materialistic things. And I’ve written before that he’s still thrilled to get the same 5-10 toddler books over and over and over. And he can take joy in playing with a toy in the packaging for months… and then when the toy is out of the packaging he is thrilled and treats it as if it’s a new toy! 🙂
6) How to Make the Volume Louder on the iPad
We are a simple family. We are a Sesame Street, Dora, Jake’s Big Music Show, Laurie Berkner family. We’ve had a DVR from before Kyle was born. We DVR all of his shows. So he doesn’t know any of that other Nickelodeon or Disney Channel crap. And for that I am glad. I know way too many typical kids Kyle’s age who are addicted to the Disney tween programming. I will not let that happen to my son! If he ever moves away from toddler programming I will graduate him directly to adult programming, starting with the classics like Seinfeld & 30 Rock! 🙂
Many of you know that Kyle is a great swimmer. Or better yet, a great treader. He can tread water for hours. Anyway, a couple of years ago one of his swim instructors tried to teach him to dive into the pool, but it wasn’t going very well and they put it aside for awhile… But now we are at a point where we don’t want him to learn how to dive because we are not sure that he’ll be able to differentiate between deep water and shallow water. And if he dives head first into shallow water… well that wouldn’t be good at all. So, for now, I’m probably for ever, diving is off the table. The Special Olympics allows jumping in, right?