#Autism “The Art of communicating by using technology to your advantage!”

Originally Posted Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Began at 8:56 am

 As Jr was playing “Roblox”found at: http://www.roblox.com/Landing/Animated/ on the computer, (pictures below)
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Jr was ecstatic to see “his first name Duke” being highlighted at the store, as he looked for the AMC Movie Theatre on the game.
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he said: “Mommy I’m in college when I’m 14 years old. I’m driving my car. Oh, I think this is my house. Oh wait I’m not the owner. Ok, NOW I’m the owner.”
I said: “Jr you don’t want to stay in your daddy and mommy’s house when you go to college? You just want to be a grownup and to live all by yourself?”
Jr said: “No, Mommy, I don’t want to live in you and daddy’s house when I’m in college. I could be the owner of my house and live by myself.”
I said: “ok Jr that’s fine. I will enjoy the time we spend together while you live with mommy and daddy before you’re a grownup.
Jr said: “ok mommy”
I became quiet as I chuckled on the inside because of how “adamant” he is on being “independent!” I guess I created a “confidence” monster when I explained to him about his diagnosis of Autism and what it entailed.
Then I became afraid!!
I thought “wow! Ok! Ummmmm I have a plan, but he’s already in opposition with plan A, ok, maybe plan B isn’t that bad; but I really think plan A is more realistic from today’s standpoint.
Then again, Jr’s full of intellectual surprises!
Then I thought “keep calm” he’s only 7 years old, even though it’s “realistically possible” that he can be “14 years old in college” it is not happening tomorrow.
LOL, which means I have ample time to panic, pray, plan, revise and proceed!!
Approximately, 10 – 15 minutes passed. When I looked at the computer screen, I said: “Jr that’s your second car? Are you going to have lots of cars when you grow up?”
He replies with what sounded like frustration: “no! Mommy.  I’m only going to have one car. This car is for my job when I deliver pizza before I’m in college.”
I said: “oh okay, then when you become a grownup you can get a different and better job in an office.”
He said: “yes like you and daddy!”
The remainder of his game playing was spent explaining to me how: “he’s like the man on the computer, because the story is called *the man that does things* and I’m like the woman on the computer because the story is called *the woman that does things*; how he’s a superhero because he showed the police the bad guys and delivered their pizza to them. He found *the frost potion* and became Jack Frost. He searched for a movie theater like the AMC Theatre that he, daddy, his “girl” friend N.J. and I have went to before. He found a Six Flags America, he said he didn’t have tickets. He needs to get tickets.
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 Looking for the AMC Movie Theatre
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Reading about “the man who does things”
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When he found the “Frost Potion” and became “Jack Frost”
*hint hint* he needs to get tickets. Most times Jr “wants” to do or get something, he’ll say things like: “I need” or “I have to.”
Ended at 10:30am
As I viewed the upcoming movie previews via the Fandango app on the tv and began viewing the Despicable Me 2’s preview: he says “Mommy I want to see Monsters University and Man of steel!”
He was jumping on the bed a little and I said: “Jr when you’re with Mommy especially *cutting summer school* you have to chill out. The main reason you’re home is because of your headache and Autism tics.”
He looks out the corner of his eye at me and says: “mommy I need you to be quiet so I don’t miss any of them.” See the pictures below: He’s in our bed, watching our 3d tv, telling me to be quiet because he doesn’t want to miss any of them (the fish!) Really Jr? Really? LMAO ;o)
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I said: “\(^0^)/ yeah ok Jr”
Here’s what you may be thinking, here’s your answers.
* YES, Jr can read! YES, he does read “physical books.” NO, he doesn’t read them upon request when at home, because he has to be interested or “need” to do read.
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Jr reading an “E-book” about Superman. He absolutely loves the “I can read” book series.
* OF COURSE, I’m concerned with the amount of time he spends on the computer, using the tablet/phone, and watching tv. I’m most concerned because of the Autism tics and headaches he complains about and similar symptoms I face due to overindulgence.
* The pro and simultaneous con about the aforementioned is that having to wear glasses prior to having Jr diagnosed with Autism, gave him approximately a 90% chance of needing glasses. His father wears them, 3 of his older siblings, my mother and father, his father’s mother and father. I’m approximately 80% certain I may need them; at the very least for reading by age 35. I’m certain, because of my 20 years of overindulgence in technology and headaches I’ve been experiencing majority of that time.
* I’m ecstatic about the “results!” I can’t help but be thankful for the advancement and convenience of technology. I’m able to teach Jr and be taught by him; all via technology.
* I like how it “frees” Jr to be comfortable “opening up!” Jr teaches me about “his inner most precious thoughts, desires, and intentions”; that otherwise I’d have no clue about. I’d spend hours, days, crying, being frustrated because I felt “ignorant, like a failure, and left out” because I didn’t know what my own child needed, wanted or how to get them to communicate it.
* I’m also thankful for it serving as a versatile platform for independence, self esteem, breakthroughs, and great learning experiences.
 What are the advantages or disadvantages of using technology with your child? Share your opinions and experiences.
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