I went to the bookstore with Wingnut the other day and came across this book.
After just reading the first couple pages I knew I had to get it.
Even though Wingnut has not been officially diagnosed with it, we are still in the process of getting him into a specialist to get him tested, so many of the statements in this book are true. I really thought it was telling the story of my son. A side note, they no longer use the term Aspergers for a diagnosis, it now is a form of autism.
I am going to share the parts that stood out the most to me. The ones that I did not include still applied but these were the ones that the most prominent to me. If you know a little one who has autism I really suggest getting this book.
This first one explains my son when he was younger: He HATED to be held and would never cuddle.
This next one is so true. He has always had a strangely sensitive sense of smell. Last year, when we went to Disneyland, there was a section of plants that we would have to walk by to get there and he would say it smelled like garlic, and it did. Also, he has to smell all of his food. Then the other day, we were at a restaurant eating breakfast and someone had a meal with onions and Wingnut just about died because of the smell. One time when we were at ORLA, there was a little girl who was eating cheerios and Wingnut lost all focus because he could not stand the smell.
This following one is soooo frustrating to me. I am so used to him not eating dinner that I don’t even think of making a plate for him anymore. If it is not white or bland he does not want it.
One of my nicknames for Wingnut is my little literal man. He takes everything literally. He still thinks Sunday means a sunny day, sigh….
I know way to much about Minecraft. Enough said.
This next one pretty much annoys me to death because I have never been the sort of person to schedule my day: I just go with the flow. But something I learned early on with Wingnut is that being versatile can never happen. I have to plan the things I want to accomplish and then explain to him how the day is going to progress. I also learned that it has to be realistic because if I over schedule and start to cut things out he starts to, what I call, shutdown.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my unique son, Always and Forever.